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Food Compounds May Help Treat Mesothelioma

In recent studies, researchers have found that a food compound found in various teas, red onions, and red apple skins may play a powerful role in fighting against Mesothelioma, especially malignant Mesothelioma.

These compounds have been found in many different fruits, vegetables, grains, and leaves. The flavonoid Quercetin, which is found in these foods, helps with cell death in certain types of cancers. This flavonoid has been shown effective in the fight of malignant Mesothelioma cells.

Recently, researchers in Korea have been testing these compounds in samples of pleural Mesothelioma. This type of cancer is believed to be related to Asbestos exposure. There is no known cure for Mesothelioma, and it is extremely aggressive. According to the researchers, the compound made from this flavonoid reduced the viability of these aggressive cancer cells.

Researchers have noticed that Quercetin is effective against Mesothelioma because it binds with a specific cellular protein known as Sp1. This specificity protein is linked to several crucial functions at the cellular level.  The study, which was published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, concluded that Sp1 should be considered as a “novel molecular target” in the treatment of pleural Mesothelioma.

Another study at Indiana University showed that a compound made by a botanical formula that contained this flavonoid reduced and destroyed breast cancer cells. The botanical formula also helped stop the metastasis of lung cancer in lab rat samples.

Of course, as with any treatment option for Mesothelioma or any other type of cancer, patients should consult their physicians before adding this natural treatment. It is possible that this and other natural remedies could interact with other medical treatment and cause more harm than good. Drug interactions can always occur, even if the substance is made or extracted from natural sources.

There are many treatment options for Mesothelioma and other cancers. It is best to decide on a treatment plan under the supervision of doctors and disease specialists. This is necessary because treatment options vary depending on the stage and severity of the cancer.

This recent discovery of the use of the flavonoid Quercetin in the fight of Mesothelioma is one more arsenal in the fight against this progressive and deadly disease. Researchers and doctors are hopeful that continued research and studies will allow for the discovery of a cure for Mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. Considering that medicine is always changing, evolving, and improving, it is likely that additional treatments for this and other cancers will continue to improve.