P - Herbal remedies for prostate and breast cancer
Day after day the number of persons affected by breast cancer and prostate cancer increases. In the USA breast cancer is among the most common cancers. In male population prostate cancer is its equivalent in number of occurrences. The study presented in this article shows some hope on the treatment of those two common types of cancer by using pectin, a heteropolysaccharide found in citrus fruits, specially on citrus peels, where the content of pectin can reach up to 30%. Other fruits rich in pectin are carrots, oranges, apples and apricots(2).
Fruits rich in pectin are carrots, oranges, apples and apricots
The source study evaluated the effect of pectin on highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells, evaluating on this form pectin could be beneficial for the treatment of this highly common affection. The use of pectin in male and female patients with breast and prostate cancer showed to be effective on fighting cancer cells migration, but no significant effect on their proliferation.
The use of pectin in male and female patients with breast and prostate cancer showed to be effective on fighting cancer cells migration
However the combination of pectin with ProstaCaid and BreastDefend dietary supplements, for prostate cancer and breast cancer respectively, showed a further enhanced inhibition of invasive behaviour of breast cancer and prostate cancer cells. It was demonstrated that the treatment with pectin and those two dietary supplements affected the expression of cell-cycle regulatory genes.
 Article source: Pectin inhibits invasiveness of breast and prostate cancer cells by down-regulation of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) secretion
Rachael Wojnowski1, Jiahua Jiang2, Andrej Jedinak2 and Daniel Sliva2
A. Cancer Research Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute, Indianapolis.
B. Methodist Research Institute, Indianapolis.
 Fruits rich in pectin: Wikipedia