Amla vs. Cancer Cell Growth

September 6, 2019

“Amla vs. Cancer Cell Growth” Indian gooseberries, not to be confused with Barbados gooseberries, Cape gooseberries, Chinese gooseberries
(also known as kiwi fruit), Jamaican gooseberries,
Tahitian, or star gooseberries. The true Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, is considered “a wonder berry in the
treatment and prevention of cancer,” according to a recent review in the European Journal
of Cancer Prevention. Arguably the most important
medicinal plant in Ayurvedic medicine, and also used in traditional
Chinese and Thai medicine, preclinical studies have evidently shown that amla possesses anti-fever properties, anti-pain, anti-cough,
anti-artery-clogging, anti-stress, heart-protective,
stomach-protective, anti-anemia, anti-cholesterol, wound healing,
anti-diarrheal, anti-artery-clogging— didn’t they already say that? As well as protecting the
liver, kidneys, and nerves. It can also evidently be used
as a snake venom neutralizer, as well as a hair tonic. It’s like the kitchen
sink of berry medicine. Starting ten years ago, studies started coming out showing that amla extracts kill cancer cells in a petri dish. But lots of things kill cancer cells. You could pee in a test
tube and kill cancer cells. What you want is something
that kills cancer cells, but leaves normal cells alone. And it wasn’t until recently that
this was demonstrated with amla. They tested Indian gooseberries
against six human cancer cell lines: lung cancer, liver cancer,
cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer,
and colon cancer. This is a graph of cell
growth, cancer cell growth, at different amla concentrations. Here’s human breast, liver,
and lung cancer cells starting out powering away at 100% growth. As you drip more amla on, the cancer cell growth rates cut in half, and then stop completely. And then, amla starts
killing the cancer off; the growth goes negative. By the end, more than half
the cancer cells are dead. Here’s cervical, ovarian, and colorectal. Just decimated by Indian gooseberries. And here’s the normal cell line—
the non-cancerous cells. At the highest amla levels, that which killed off more than
three-quarters of the cancer cells, normal cells just seem to get their
growth rates slowed down a bit.

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