Spices Of Life From Your Kitchen Shelf

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Windowsill Herb Wards Off Prostate Cancer

As if you needed a reason to eat that slice of pizza. Or your other favorite Italian dish…
Along with flavor, oregano offers several health benefits. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate that it even helps fight breast cancer.
Now a new study shows it may benefit men battling prostate cancer.
One out of six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Most don’t die. But they do undergo treatment and surgeries with harsh side effects. But now…
Professor Supriya Bavadekar PhD from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY may have found a new type of treatment in the form of oregano. “We’re hoping this translates into a drug with lesser adverse effects in patients,” Dr. Bavadekar said.
Dr. Bavadekar and her team studied the effects of the natural herb using different concentrations.  They exposed the prostate cancer cells to oregano in three different time periods – 24 hours, 48 hours and 96 hours.
The results? The oregano killed the cancer cells.