Milk Thistle Compound Combats Lung Cancer in Mice
|Milk Thistle Compound Combats Lung Cancer in Mice||Darrell Miller||07/05/06|
July 05, 2006 02:33 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Milk Thistle Compound Combats Lung Cancer in Mice
Silibinin, a flavonone compound found in milk thistle, helped hinder the progess of lung cancer in an animal study, according to findings published in the journal of the national cancer institute (2006, vol.98: 846-885). Researchers divided 90 mice into six groups and injected 75 of them with cancer causing urethane and in the remaining 15, a saline solution as a control. After two weeks the normal diet, the five groups injected with urethane were fed a diet supplemented with various doses of silibinin (zero, 0.033, 0.10, 0.33, and 1.0 percent). After 18 and then 29 weeks, the silibinin groups showed between 32 and 38 percent fewer tumors and 64 to 70 percent fewer tumors, respectively, than the control group. The group with the highest dosage of 1.0 percent silibinin had 93 percent fewer large tumors than the urethane-only group. Regarding spread of cancer, the silibinin fed mice had between 41 and 74 percent fewer cancer cells that tested for spread markers.