Rainforest fruit can kill cancer in minutes
Almost three years ago, researchers in Australia discovered a rainforest fruit that killed around 75 percent of cancer tumors in animal experiments. The effect of the fruit could be observed after only a few minutes. Since then, the researchers have been trying to derive medical benefit from their discovery and hope to develop new approaches to cancer therapy.
Animals spit out seeds of the fruit
As has been announced for a good three years, Australian scientists have discovered a rainforest fruit that kills around 75 percent of the 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 turned out that the seeds contain 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 an eight-year study, the agent 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. "
The preparation is limited to certain cancers
The expert continued: “A crust formed in 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."
Researchers are fascinated by the rapid speed of the drug
The scientists were even more fascinated by the rapid speed with which the active ingredient kills the cancer. "There are visible changes after just 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 approval of the first phase of clinical studies has already been granted 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.
Many cancers can be avoided
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Many diseases could be avoided. According to the WHO, more than 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented by avoiding the main risk factors. In addition to smoking, a lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, urban air pollution, sexually transmitted HPV infections as well as overweight and obesity (obesity) are cited as the main risk factors. (ad)