Could this tumor-shrinking plant be THE cancer cure

In the United States, one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. If you take a moment to really think about this statistic, you realize how disturbing it is. This means that even if you don’t develop cancer in your lifetime, someone you know and love surely will.

Mainstream medicine continues searching for a “cure” with little real progress, as every day 1,500 people in the U.S. die from what is seemingly the plague of modern times. And almost daily we learn howineffective their treatments are.

In 2008, however, a scuba-diving scientist made a potentially game-changing discovery: a blue-green algae that has the potential to shrink tumors from some of the most difficult to treat cancers.

Researchers from Oregon State University have been studying the algae and have isolated a compound with potent anti-cancer properties: coibamide A.

According to researchers, coibamide A affects cancer like no other known compound and could be effective in treating many different types of cancer. For the purpose of their research, however, they chose to focus on some of the most difficult cancers to treat:  brain tumors (known as glioblastomas) and a type of breast cancer called triple negative breast cancer.

Researchers have already tested coibamide A’s effect on human glioblastoma cells by attaching the cells to a mouse’s flank and treating the mouse with the compound. So far the results look promising… coibamide A reduced tumor size significantly.

Next, researchers plan to replicate the study by attaching triple negative breast cancer cells to a mouse. They also plan to treat human glioblastoma cells in a mouse’s brain rather than its flank.

While the ultimate goal of the research is to synthesize blue-green algae’s anti-cancer compound for use in a new cancer drug, alternative health practitioners have been touting the benefits of blue-green algae for years.

 

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