Rainforest fruit can kill cancer in minutes
Researchers have discovered a rainforest fruit in Australia that kills around 75 percent of tumors in animal experiments. The effect of the fruit is visible after a few minutes. However, it is still unclear whether the results can also be transferred to humans.
Animals spit out the kernels of the fruit. As announced last year, Australian scientists have discovered a rainforest fruit that kills around 75 percent of tumors in animal experiments. The native animals in the north of Australia love to eat the fruit Fontainea picrosperma, also called Fountains Blushwood. But not their kernels, they are spit out again. Therefore, scientists became aware and examined the fruit a little more closely.
Cores with a natural anti-cancer agent It quickly became apparent that the cores contained a natural anti-cancer agent. With the help of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, the researchers developed the preparation EBC-46. In the course of an eight-year study, the product was injected into 300 animals, including mice, cats, dogs and horses. According to the information, three quarters of all previously injected tumors disappeared and have not come back to this day. Glen Boyle, who led the study at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, said: “As soon as we injected the tumors with it, they turned purple within only five minutes, within two hours they were darker and black the following day. "
Preparation limited to certain cancers The expert went on to explain: “A crust formed over the next few days and after a week the tumor fell off. Because the preparation has to be injected, it is limited to cancers such as breast, colon, prostate and skin cancer or tumors in the head and neck area. ”However, cancers that have already spread metastases cannot be treated. "At the moment, we can only give the preparation as an injection because it kills the tumor cells, cuts off the blood supply to the tumor, and helps activate the immune system," says Boyle. "Mainly because of the latter, we have to administer it locally, otherwise it could have other negative side effects."
Scientists fascinated by the rapid speed of the drug Even more than the effect itself, the scientists were fascinated by the rapid rate at which the drug kills cancer. “There are visible changes after only five minutes.” Conventional tumor treatment usually only shows success after several weeks. After the astonishing successes in the treatment of cancer in animals, clinical studies in humans are also to be carried out. The first phase of clinical studies has already been approved and the active ingredient is now to be tested on ten to 30 volunteers. Overall, these clinical drug trials, which are divided into four study phases, take about nine years.
Researchers are optimistic Another group of Australian researchers is currently studying the Blushwood Tree, the tree on which the Fountains Blushwood grows. It is to be clarified where the plant from the milkweed family in northern Australia actually grows everywhere and whether it is possible to cultivate it commercially in plantations in order to obtain the new remedy. Boyle and Kollgen were optimistic that the “miracle fruit” also works on humans. “The active ingredient can be an additional treatment method that has not helped other therapies or in the elderly who are too weak for further chemotherapy,” said the researchers.
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