Papaya extract fights 10 different types of cancer say researchers

University of Florida researchers are reporting that an extract from dried papaya slows the growth of cancer cells in the laboratory. However, it’s not clear if the papaya extract will have the same effect on cancer in people, however.

According to Dr. Nam Dang, the papaya extract appears to affect the regulation of the body’s immune system without causing adverse side effects to nearby normal cells. The findings reflect the use of papaya by indigenous people in Australia and Vietnam.

“Based on what I have seen and heard in a clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstrable toxicity; it seems like you could take it for a long time — as long as it is effective,” he said.

The researchers report that four strengths of papaya leaf extract slowed the growth of 10 types of cancer cell cultures, including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas.

The study was published in a recent issue of Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on the various types of cancer.

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