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Studies Show Serrapeptase Works Better than Steroids in Oral Surgery

Introduction
Enzyme preparations are one of nature’s most powerful therapeutic agents. In particular, the proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) that digest break down proteins into smaller units have shown fantastic results for in many clinical indications. One of the most interesting proteolytic enzymes is serrapeptase or the “silk worm” enzyme. A new analysis of published clinical trials with serrapeptase in the treatment of pain and swelling after oral surgery for wisdom tooth extraction showed better results than corticosteroids, e.g., Medrol, Prednisone, etc. Given the unwanted side effects with these drugs, having a safer solution  is very good news.

Background Data:
Serrapeptase is also known as serratio peptidase, serralysin, and serrapeptidase. The enzyme was originally derived from a bacteria that resides in the intestines of silk worms. The silk worm uses the enzyme to breakdown the cocoon of the silk worm.

Serrapeptase has been used in Europe and Japan for over 50 years with good clinical results have been demonstrated in published clinical trials. Serrapeptase is more powerful and has broader pH stability than many other proteolytic enzymes.
Serrapeptase exerts anti-inflammatory actions greater than other proteolytic enzymes and is especially useful in the treatment of sports injuries, after any surgical procedure, and during flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.  In addition to its general anti-inflammatory effects in relieving pain and swelling, it is particularly beneficial in fibrocystic breast disease, as well as upper respiratory tract conditions like sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to its ability to improve the structure and function of the mucus secretions. Serrapeptase given to patients with chronic sinusitis or bronchitis was shown to significantly reduce the viscosity (thickness and stickiness), but not the elasticity (stretchiness) of nasal mucus. Improving the ratio of the viscosity to the elasticity is an important determinant of how well the mucus functions in eliminating infections. This effect explains why serrapeptase is so effective in both acute and chronic ear, nose, throat, and respiratory tract disorders.

Another popular application for serrapeptase has been its use in dissolving arterial plaque. Dr. Hans Nieper, a legendary medical doctor known for his extensive use of proteolytic enzymes, called serrapeptase the “Miracle Enzyme.” Dr. Nieper used the enzyme primarily as a plaque-buster to open up clogged arteries supplying the brain. Serrapeptase facilitates the breakdown of fibrin (a process known as fibrinolysis) and also helps to prevent abnormal blood clotting.

Clinical results from trials with the “Miracle Enzyme”
Condition                                                        Cases               % Effectiveness
Post-surgical swelling                                     742                  88.5%
Sports injuries/trauma                                    208                  87.5%
Inflammatory disease                                     906                  77%
COPD/Bronchitis                                           556                  74%
Enhancement of antibiotic                             124                  79%
ENT infection and inflammation                   140                  97.3%
Fibrocystic breast disease                              70                    85.7%

In the field of dentistry, serrapeptase has been used post-operative reduction of pain and swelling after minor surgical procedures, as well as after impacted wisdom tooth molar removal. In the most recent double-blind study from 2015, while methylprednisolone produced better pain relief, serrapeptidase was more effective in controlling post-surgical swelling and lockjaw.

Serrapeptase can reduce swelling by inhibiting the formation of cell-surface adhesion molecules that attract inflammatory cells to the site of trauma. Reducing swelling helps with pain, the pain-relieving activity is also related to the inhibition of pain inducing compounds known as kinins.

New Data:
Serrapeptase has been investigated for pain, facial swelling and lockjaw after surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth in five double-blind clinical trials. The studies were complex in that they not only compared the efficacy of serrapeptase to a placebo, but also to various other compounds alone and in combination including various combinations of bromelain, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen, and various corticosteroids. The dosage of serrapeptase varied from 10 to 60 mg per day and no enzyme potency was noted. Nonetheless, the studies showed that in regards to swelling, no significant difference was observed for serrapeptase when compared to the treatments that included corticosteroids. In regards to lockjaw, serrapeptase showed much better results than the corticosteroids. Where corticosteroids show an advantage was in pain relief. Serrapeptase is judged as only a moderate pain reliever.

The author’s concluded “Serrapeptase could be used safely and effectively to improve trismus and facial swelling after surgical removal of impacted molar.” The authors further concluded that since serrapeptase has a better safety profile than drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and corticosteroids, that it can be considered as an alternative drug in case of intolerance or contra-indication to other drugs.

Commentary:
My first comment is that it should not be viewed as an “alternative drug,” but rather a first line therapy given its safety and better overall efficacy in reducing inflammation. That said, at the very least serrapeptase should be used with the current standard care to hopefully reduce the dosage of corticosteroids required for pain relief.

Serrapeptase preparations are available through several companies. My recommendation is Enzymedica’s SerraGold™ for several reasons. First, as you probably know, I am Chief Science Officer. Second, the benefits of enzymes are tied to their activity. The serrapeptase in SerraGold™ is analyzed for enzyme activity using standardized methodology from the Food and Chemical Codex. This reference standard is what the FDA uses to assess enzyme activity. So, there is sufficient quality control with SerraGold™ to insure activity (and benefits). Lastly, in addition to the serrapeptase, SerraGold™ provides other proteases known to exert similar effects. It is a synergistic formula.

The recommended dosage for SerraGold™ is one capsule providing 100,000 Serrapeptase Units and other enzymes one hour before or two hours after a meal. Three dosages may be taken daily.

Reference:

Sivaramakrishnan G, Sridharan K. Role of Serratiopeptidase After Surgical Removal of Impacted Molar: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Maxillofac Oral Surg. 2018 Jun;17(2):122-128.

CRISPR Monsanto

Monsanto invests over $100 million to change the DNA of every plant we use for food

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Monsanto-coverup(Naturalhealth365) Monsanto, ‘the most hated corporation in America,’ plans to take the science of genetic manipulation to a whole new level. According to a March 27 article in Business Insider, the agrichemical giant has joined forces with Pairwise Plants – a California start-up company helmed by a pair of Harvard scientists – and plans to invest a whopping $100 million in a form of gene-editing technology.
While the new technology, known as CRISPR, is being hailed by some as a way to correct genetic diseases, many natural health advocates question its safety – and whether our food is an appropriate target for gene-editing.
Three days after the collaboration was announced, a published study showing that CRISPR induced unexpected mutations in mice was retracted. The timing is highly suspicious, to say the least – especially in light of Monsanto’s long and disgraceful history of suppressing damaging research.

Monsanto: CRISPR-made produce to hit grocery store shelves within 10 years

The gene-editing tool CRISPR (an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) allows scientists to manipulate DNA to produce traits such as flavor, longer shelf life, convenient sizing or tolerance to drought and disease.
In other words, unlike traditional GMO methods – which add genes from another organism – gene-editing changes (or deletes) existing genes.
Monsanto plans to “gene-edit” corn, soy, wheat, cotton and canola – major crops used in an extensive variety of foods. (Of course, they will then have exclusive rights to the “edited” crops).
The company’s stated goal is to be the first to get CRISPR-made produce into the U.S. marketplace – and to do so within the next 5 to 10 years.
And, they are pulling out all the stops in pursuit of this goal.
Not only has Monsanto invested $100 million in Pairwise, but they are providing leadership as well. The collaboration between the two companies is so cozy that Tom Adams – the head of Monsanto’s biotechnology department – is slated to lead Pairwise as Chief Executive Officer.

Unpredicted mutations appear in study – as safeguards fail

Natural health experts and GMO critics – including the non-profit organization GM Watch – warn that CRISPR could cause unpredictable mutations.
Their suspicions appear to have been confirmed by an explosive study published last May inNature Methods, in which CRISPR caused hundreds of unintended, “off-target” mutationsin mice.
The mice had originally undergone CRISPR gene editing to correct a genetic defect. When researchers sequenced their genomes – their entire collection of genes – they found that two of the mice had sustained more than 1,500 mutations involving the nucleotide (a small block of DNA).
CRISPR technology is believed to be so precise and predictable that the USDA has already given the “green light” to CRISPR-produced foods.
Yet, computer algorithms used by scientists to screen for possible unintended mutations completely failed to predict them. In addition, the mutations were “off-target,” meaning they didn’t occur in the genes that had been edited in the first place.

Leading authority on genetic modification had been expecting these results

Commenting on the study, Dr. Michael Antoniou – a molecular geneticist and authority on genetic modification – called the results “unsurprising.” Chillingly, he remarked that there “wasn’t a question” of unintended mutations appearing. “The only question,” remarked Dr. Antoniou, “is how many.”
These mutations, of course, could have unintended effects. For example, said Dr. Antoniou, the disruption of an enzyme’s function could lead to unpredictable biochemical reactions.
Dr. Antoniou maintains that the entire genome sequences of gene-edited organisms should be submitted to biosafety authorities – and that long-term toxicity studies should also be performed.
GM Watch agrees, stating that new genome editing should be at least as strictly regulated as the original genetic modification technique.
But, the story doesn’t end there.

Scientific study retracted in the wake of biotech corporate announcement

Three days after the announcement of Monsanto’s collaboration with Pairwise, the study was retracted from online versions of Nature Methods. A month later, on April 27, 2018, it was retracted from the printed journal.
Nature Method’s editors explained that “multiple groups” had questioned the researchers’ interpretation that the nucleotide changes were due to CRISPR treatment.
And, without more analysis of the rodents’ genetic background, no one could claim certainty. Ultimately, the editors ruled that the changes discovered by the researchers were actually due to “normal genetic variation.”
Undeterred, the study’s authors are currently carrying out follow-up studies using whole genome sequencing.
Although the study, “Unexpected Mutations after CRISPR-Cas 9 editing in vivo,” has been retracted, you can still view it here.

Are we seeing a kinder, gentler Monsanto? Probably not!

Monsanto is currently using gene editing in order to develop “enhanced premium vegetables,” including “crunchier” lettuce, “sweeter” cantaloupes, and a version of broccoli that is touted as containing more antioxidant, cancer-fighting phytochemicals such as glucoraphanin.
And the company claims it is using old-fashioned crossbreeding to do it.
The twist is, scientists can now examine the offspring’s genome for known markers for desirable traits – then grow plants with those markers. And, they can now scan for genetic variations in the seeds, without waiting for an entire plant to grow.
But are these new fruits and vegetables as healthy as their natural, un-edited counterparts? Among other issues, critics say that many of the products are crossbred for increased sweetness – and as a result, contain more sugar.
Unbelievably, there is no law mandating that Monsanto account for potential long-term effects.
Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist and the president of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, scoffed at the idea of a more ecologically responsible Monsanto. “The only result they (Monsanto) care about is profit,” Dr. Lustig remarked.
(Remember, this is the same Monsanto that has sued farmers for regrowing licensed seeds, created a bumper crop of Roundup-resistant superweeds, and – lest we forget – developed Agent Orange. All while maintaining a tradition of blatant lies, deceit and scientific fraud).
“Gene editing” may sound less sinister than “genetic modification.” But, for many, it still adds up to “Frankenfood.”
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Just ONE head injury increases your risk of Parkinson’s by 56%

Image: Just ONE head injury increases your risk of Parkinson’s by 56%
(Natural News) A simple knock on the head is often overlooked by many, thinking it’s impossible for it to have a great effect on our body’s overall wellness. However, that will no longer be the case as researchers found out that even a “mild traumatic brain injury” canincrease the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease, according to Parkinson’s Foundation, is a “neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominantly dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.” Normally, people who suffer from this disease experience mild to severe tremors, slowness of movement, rigid limbs, and walking and balancing problems.
In the study done over the course of 12 years, 326,000 U.S. veterans, aged between 31 and 65, were put under observation. Half of the participants suffered from mild to severe head injury while the other half did not. (Related: Beat Parkinson’s disease naturally.)
Results showed that 56 percent of those who experienced head trauma in the past were more at risk of having Parkinson’s. Moreover, those who had severe head injuries have an even higher risk of developing the disease at 83 percent.
According to Dr. Raquel Gardner, U.S. lead researcher from the University of California, San Francisco, although the study focused on U.S. veterans, the findings are very much applicable to athletes and the general public. She also emphasized the need to give importance to the repercussions that may be caused by any head injury.
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“This study highlights the importance of concussion prevention, long-term follow-up of those with concussion, and the need for future studies to investigate if there are other risk factors for Parkinson’s disease that can be modified after someone has a concussion,” she said.
While it is not yet determined exactly how a traumatic brain injury triggers Parkinson’s disease, the study suggests it has something to do with the “alpha-synuclein” protein released by injured brain cells. This protein is commonly known to be associated with the disease.
Gardner also stated that the injury might have caused changes in the brain; however, further studies are needed to confirm their theories.

Fast facts on Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is very common in America. In fact, it is among the top degenerative diseases of all time alongside Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.
As of this writing, there is still no cure for Parkinson’s. However, you can determine whether you’re at risk for developing the disease with these early signs and symptoms:
  1. Tremors – You’ll notice slight sudden movements in your fingers, hand, and chin. When these occur while you’re at rest, there’s a high possibility it’s Parkinson’s.
  2. Change in handwriting – Parkinson’s causes micrographia where a sufferer unconsciously changes his/her handwriting. Normally, handwriting becomes smaller and crowded together.
  3. Smelling problems – Losing your sense of smell is a common effect of a cold or flu, but sometimes, it can also indicate that you’re suffering from the disease.
  4. Sleeping problems – A lot of illnesses can cause problems in sleeping patterns; however, Parkinson’s will have you thrashing around in bed or acting out your dreams while in a deep slumber.
  5. Change in gait – A change in the manner of your walk or stiffness in your movement may be signs of the disease.
  6. Bowel issues – Suffering from constipation may also be an early sign of Parkinson’s, though it has other causes as well.
  7. Change in voice – People will notice that the sufferer’s voice is becoming softer or a bit hoarse.
  8. Facial expression – Commonly called facial masking, this leaves your face looking mad even if you’re in a good mood.
  9. Change in posture – If you notice that you’re slouching or stooping low all of a sudden, get a check-up for it may be a sign of Parkinson’s disease.
Make sure you keep your brain healthy and safe from diseases by learning more about it at Brain.news.
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Manuka Honey Effective Against Antibiotic Resistant MRSA

Manuka Honey Effective Against Antibiotic Resistant MRSA
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Scientists have been warning of a possible medical catastrophe from an epidemic of antibiotic resistant superbugs.  Manuka honey may be a natural and ancient solution to a modern health disaster.
For years doctors have been overprescribing antibiotics.  A University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study found physicians commonly use antibiotics to treat hospitalized patients with acute viral respiratory track infections, in spite of the fact antibiotics are known to be ineffective for these infections.[i]
And the growing popularity of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers contributes to the saturation of the world in antibacterials. 
As a result, many scientists have been warning of a possible medical catastrophe from an epidemic of antibiotic resistant superbugs. The CDC itself announced a few years ago that conventional antibiotic-based approaches to infections were hopeless against so-called 'nightmare bacteria.' Fortunately, manuka honey may be a natural and ancient solution to a modern health disaster.
Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney have shown that medical-grade manuka honey, also known as Medihoney, improves the effectiveness of antibiotics.  It can prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to the medications. Medihoney is a highly-absorbent seaweed soaked in special, sterilized manuka honey.
The study published in the open-access science journal PLOS ONE used Medihoney in combination with the antibiotic rifampicin to treat skin and chronic wound infections. Normally, if the superbug MRSA (golden staph) were treated with just rifampicin, the superbug became resistant to the rifampicin very quickly.
Researchers were excited to find that when Medihoney and rifampicin are used in combination to treat MRSA, the honey somehow prevented the emergence of rifampicin-resistant MRSA.
Some studies had previously shown that unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, manuka honey does not promote the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The researchers at UTS suggest that manuka honey may be a new weapon in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
What is manuka honey?
Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn't until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities. Of all honey, manuka honey is particularly healing. It comes uniquely from honey produced by bees from the flower of the manuka plant in New Zealand.
In some regions of the world manuka is known as tea tree. The tea tree and especially its oil, is known to be antibacterial and antifungal. It's been used in products like mouth washes and disinfectants.

Manuka honey combines the powers of tea tree with the natural antibacterial properties of honey. It is known to have potent broad-spectrum antibacterial activity in treating infected chronic wounds and serious skin infections.
The primary active ingredient in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG), a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.
You may see manuka honey labeled as "UMF honey." This refers to "Unique Manuka Factor," a scale that compares the honey with standard disinfectants. The UMF can run as high as 20 percent total content in some higher quality varieties.  UMF 10 or higher is generally considered therapeutic grade.
Besides its use in wound care, manuka honey has also been found effective in treating stomach ulcers, gastritis, and other digestive problems. Because it has antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiviral effects, manuka honey has also been used for sore throats, colds, dermatitis, acne, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, acid reflux and heartburn.
Manuka honey is dark in color with an intense flavor thanks to it tea tree roots. It can be used just like regular honey as a sweetener.
Manuka honey is available in health food stores and online. Make sure it's from New Zealand. 
For more research on the therapeutic value of Manuka honey, reference our database on the topic: 

For more information on natural interventions that have been studied for anti-MRSA activity, visit our database on the topic: Natural MRSA Interventions:


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[i] Kevin T. Shiley, Ebbing Lautenbach, and Ingi Lee, "The Use of Antimicrobial Agents after the Diagnosis of Viral Respiratory Tract Infections in Hospitalized Adults: Antibiotics or Anxiolytics?" Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 31:11 (November 2010) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 2020923284


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5 Amazing Homey Facts



5 Amazing Healing Honey Facts
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Honey, unlike almost everything else we consume in our diet, was intended solely to be a form of nourishment – albeit, for the bees.  Only milk, to my knowledge, shares this singular biological imperative. But honey is far more than a source of sweetness and quick energy within the human diet.
Honey has profound medicinal applications, some of which are as follows:
  • Feeds the good bacteria: it is a little-known fact that bees have a diverse population of beneficial lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in their honey crop, the bulge between the esophagus and the gizzard of the bee. In fact, according to newly published research in PLoS, "studies of LAB in all extant honeybee species plus related apid bees reveal one of the largest collections of novel species from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium ever discovered within a single insect and suggest a long (>80 mya) history of association."[i]  Indeed, raw honey feeds good bacteria. It has been experimentally demonstrated in in vitro (petri dish) conditions to increase the number of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum counts 10-100 fold compared with sucrose.[ii]
  • Fights the "bad" bacteria, i.e. MRSA: Reports of honey eradicating MRSA infection have been reported in the medical literature for well over a decade.[iii]  MRSA, an acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, produces a biofilm which makes it especially resistant to conventional antimicrobial agents. Honey has been shown to be effective at killing biofilm-associated MRSA isolates from patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitus.[iv] This has also been demonstrated in human research, with a 70% effective rate in destroying MRSA in chronic venous ulcers.[v]  Moreover, manuka also synergizes with conventional antibiotics making MRSA bacterial isolates more susceptible to their antibacterial action.[vi]
  • Kills Dental Plaque-Causing Bacteria: Manuka honey, a special honey produced by the flowers of the manuka plant that grows in New Zealand and Australia, was shown at least as effective as the chemical chlorhexidine gluconate, often used in mouthwash, in reducing plaque formation as a mouthwash.[vii]
  • Superior to Pharmaceutical at Killing Herpes:  A 2004 study published in the Medical Science Monitor, showed that topical  honey was far superior to the drug acyclovir (trade name Zovirax) in treating both labial (lip) and genital herpes lesion. According to the amazing study "For labial herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 35%, 39%, 28% and 43% better, respectively, than with acyclovir treatment. For genital herpes, the mean duration of attacks and pain, occurrence of crusting, and mean healing time with honey treatment were 53%, 50%, 49% and 59% better, respectively, than with acyclovir. Two cases of labial herpes and one case of genital herpes remitted completely with the use of honey. The lesions crusted in 3 patients with labial herpes and in 4 patients with genital herpes. With acyclovir treatment, none of the attacks remitted, and all the lesions, labial and genital, developed crust. No side effects were observed with repeated applications of honey, whereas 3 patients developed local itching with acyclovir."[viii]
  • Protective Against Gastric Damage: Honey has been shown to prevent alcohol-, indomethacin- (a NSAID pain-killer) and aspirin-induced lesions.[ix]
This is just a sampling of the research indicating the profound medicinal value of honey. If you would like to view the full range of demonstrable health benefits of honey, take a look at our page dedicated to the topic which now includes research 120+ ailments and/or symptoms which may benefit from its use. 


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References

[i] Alejandra Vásquez, Eva Forsgren, Ingemar Fries, Robert J Paxton, Emilie Flaberg, Laszlo Szekely, Tobias C Olofsson Symbionts as major modulators of insect health: lactic acid bacteria and honeybees. PLoS One. 2012 ;7(3):e33188. Epub 2012 Mar 12. PMID: 22427985


[ii] T R Shamala, Y Shri Jyothi, P Saibaba Stimulatory effect of honey on multiplication of lactic acid bacteria under in vitro and in vivo conditions. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Jun ;30(6):453-5. PMID: 10849275


[iii] S Natarajan, D Williamson, J Grey, K G Harding, R A Cooper Healing of an MRSA-colonized, hydroxyurea-induced leg ulcer with honey. J Dermatolog Treat. 2001 Mar;12(1):33-6. PMID: 12171686


[iv] Talal Alandejani, Joseph Marsan, Wendy Ferris, Robert Slinger, Frank Chan Effectiveness of honey on Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jul;141(1):114-8. Epub 2009 Mar 9. PMID: 19559969    


[v] G Gethin, S Cowman Bacteriological changes in sloughy venous leg ulcers treated with manuka honey or hydrogel: an RCT. J Wound Care. 2008 Jun;17(6):241-4, 246-7. PMID: 18666717


[vi] Rowena E Jenkins, Rose Cooper Synergy between oxacillin and manuka honey sensitizes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to oxacillin. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Mar 1. Epub 2012 Mar 1. PMID: 22382468


[vii] Prathibha A Nayak, Ullal A Nayak, R Mythili Effect of Manuka honey, chlorhexidine gluconate and xylitol on the clinical levels of dental plaque. Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct ;1(4):214-7. PMID: 22114423


[viii] Noori S Al-Waili Topical honey application vs. acyclovir for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions. Med Sci Monit. 2004 Aug;10(8):MT94-8. Epub 2004 Jul 23. PMID: 15278008


[ix] Kamel Gharzouli, Smain Amira, Akila Gharzouli, Seddik Khennouf  Gastroprotective effects of honey and glucose-fructose-sucrose-maltose mixture against ethanol-, indomethacin-, and acidified aspirin-induced lesions in the rat. Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2002 Nov;54(3):217-21. PMID: 12484559



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Can Eating Avocados Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Can Eating Avocados Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

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Sixty percent of Americans claim they have avocados on their  favorite foods list. Odds are, you probably do too! But did you know that avocados may also be protective against reproductive cancers like breast cancer as well?
Avocatin B and Carotenoids in Avocados Fight Cancer
Avocados have dozens of benefits for health, not the least of which is the presence of phytonutrients which can target cancer cells.
One substance is Avocatin B. This is a kind of fat unique to this fruit (as a side note, avocados are not a vegetable, but a single-seeded berry).  According to a 2015 report published in the journal Cancer Research, Avocatin B was found to fight acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a rare form of cancer. The researchers of the joint study, which hailed from several institutions in Italy and Canada,  found that this substance was able to get rid of not only regular cancer cells, but also cancer stem cells. Healthy cells remained untouched.
Of equal, if not more, importance on the cancer prevention track are the kinds of antioxidant carotenoids found in avocados. You might remember carotenoids in carrots and other bright fruits and vegetables, since it is responsible for creating plant pigment.
According to the California Avocado Commission, avocados contain 11 different kinds of carotenoids. Lutein is one kind that research has shown can affect cancer cells directly. While lutein alone has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in previous studies, a 2005 investigation conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that lutein was even more effective when extract of whole Hass avocado fruit was introduced to prostate cell lines. Whole avocado was up to 60 percent more effective in going after prostate cancer cells than purified lutein alone.
A 2012 study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control provided more evidence as to the chemo-protective affects of avocados on prostate cancer. It followed 209 newly-diagnosed men and 226 cancer-free men in Jamaica. In the study, a high intake of monounsaturated fatty acids (in the form of avocados) “reduced the risk of prostate cancer.”
Antioxidants in Avocados Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
No studies have been conducted on avocado extract and breast cancer directly. The results from the prostate studies mentioned above, however, are relevant for anyone who is on a healing path with breast cancer. Some of the same cancer-causing mechanisms exist for breast cancer as with most reproductive cancers in both men and women.
Some studies connection lutein intake with breast cancer prevention directly.  According to the Harvard-sponsored Nurses’ Health Study, consuming foods that contain lutein, such as kale, spinach and avocados, can lower the risk of breast cancer. A 2014 Chinese study also found that higher serum levels of lutein were connected with a 51 percent reduction in breast cancer risk.
As if all this wasn’t enough, avocados are also a a high-fiber food, contain significant amounts of essential nutrients like B vitamins and potassium, can help make your hair and skin glow and are great for brain health.
What’s the bottom line? Eating avocados is an all-around win-win for breast and prostate cancer prevention and for your overall good health!

Dr. Veronique Desaulniers
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer naturally. To get your FREE 7-Day Mini e-Course and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit her at BreastCancerConqueror.com