Menu Medicine: Oregano in Pizza and Pasta Sauce Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

By AltMed1-Peggy  


Good news for men who love pizza and spicy pasta sauce. Those two favorite foods may help fight prostate cancer.


We already knew tomato sauce appears to reduce the risk of cancer. And we knew oregano, the herb that gives many Italian foods their classic spicy flavor, has many health benefits too including fighting bacteria and inflammation.


Now, new research indicates oregano contains a key component that helps kill cancer cells.


Long Island University (LIU) researchers presented their study’s preliminary findings at Experimental Biology 2012, an annual gathering of six scientific societies, that was held in San Diego, California, this April.


Previous research had reported that pizza cut cancer risk but researchers thought this effect was due to the lycopene in tomato sauce on pizza, explains LIU researcher Supriya Bavadekar, PhD, RPh. Her team focused on carvacrol, a constituent of oregano, and found that carvacrol promotes cancer cell “apoptosis,” which in plain English means cancer cell suicide.


“If the study continues to yield positive results, this super-spice may represent a very promising therapy for patients with prostate cancer” without the toxic side effects that accompany current prostate cancer treatments, Dr. Bavadekar said in an LIU news release.


Best of all, pizza as preventive medicine would be a great tasting treatment.


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