Propolis inhibits growth of Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Herbal products and breast cancer stem cells
It is certainly not new, Propolis was used ages ago by Greeks, Egyptians and others to treat different diseases and affections. Nowadays propolis continues to be a well known product in herbal supplements shops and part of many herbal remedies against different affections, including cancer.
In a clinical study presented today, Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE), a substance derived from Propolis found in honeybee products, has been found able to inhibit growth of breast cancer stem cells. Image left: Honey bee by William Warby under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0).
Propolis is collected by bees from tree buds and bark and later on used to cover the hives honeycomb, protecting it this way from viruses and bacterias.
Propolis contains bioflavonoids known to have many beneficial properties, being some of these ones antibiotic, antibacterial ...etc. However the amount of CAPE and artepillin C, another anti-cancer agent found in propolis, is not very high. Among different honey sources studied it was discovered that a new Zealand product, Bio 30, was the highest one in content of propolis among the samples analysed.
In another clinical study, CAPE was able to suppress cataract formation in rats , showing how this chemical can protect our systems from other affections. Its cancer prevention properties have for long being part of literature , which later on was supported by scientific evidence from several clinical trials in which the use of its derivative CAPE, was proven to be effective as an anti-cancer agent .
CURCUMIN FOR THE TREATMENT OF MCF-7 BREAST CANCER CELLS
Another natural product that exerted certain anti-cancer properties was Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a spice made from the roots of Curcuma longa used in many parts of the globe that has already been known to have beneficial properties on the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. In a recent study Curcumin was able to decrease survival of Hep3B liver and MCF-7 breast cancer cells.
 Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) derived from propolis, a honeybee product, inhibits growth of breast cancer stem cells.
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 CAPE (caffeic acid phenethyl ester)-based propolis extract (Bio 30) suppresses the growth of human neurofibromatosis (NF) tumor xenografts in mice.
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