Cure For Leukemia May Be Found In Fish Oil.
Scientists have successfully extracted a compound from fish oil, and used it to treat cancer in mice with incredible results, according to researchers at Penn State University. The extract targeted and specifically went after, and killed, stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, also known as CML, in mice.
Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology in the Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences, said that the substance is developed from EPA, which is an essential fatty acid found mostly in coldwater fish like salmon and herring, and their oils.
Omega 3 fatty acids have been studied extensively for their health benefits. It has been shown that omgea 3 fatty acids are used in every cell in the body for optimum health. An increase in essential fatty acid intake has been associated with numerous health benefits including shinier hair, stronger nails, relief of clinical depression, improvements in memory, a stronger immune system, cardio-vascular health and reduced cancer risk, to name a few.
In this current research on leukemia in mice, it was discovered by scientists that D12-PGJ3 kills the stem cells in the mice’s spleen and bone marrow, that are causing the leukemia. The compound was found to activate a gene known as p53 in the leukemia stem cell that programs the cells own death in a process called apoptosis.
All of the mice treated with this compound had no signs of leukemia at the end of the study, and it hasn’t returned, said Sandeep Prabhu.
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