A recent study has shown celery to kill up to 86% of human lung cancer cells (NCI-H460) in vitro, by inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). Apigenin is well known as a powerful anti-cancer compound and has been shown in other studies to kill many other types of cancer including breast, prostate, pancreatic and ovarian cancers.
Many foods have a number of health benefits, while others stand above the rest as disease fighting wonders – at least in some specific departments. Celery is one of them. The food has been found to be extremely effective at killing ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, breast, liver, and lung cancer cells. In fact, in a recent study, celery killed up to 86% of cancer cells in the lungs.
Two recent studies have shown that women eating diets high in apigenin reduced their risk of ovarian cancer by 20%, and reduced their risk of breast cancer risk by 19%. What is promising is a study from China found that people eating 2 to 3 servings of celery per week reduced their risk of lung cancer by an astonishing 60% (1 serving = 80 grams or two medium stalks). When treating the lung cancer it was not clear if it was just the apigenin on its own or it was it the apigenin working together with celery’s many other beneficial compounds.
Researchers in China have found that by eating just two medium stalks of celery 2 to 3 times a week can reduce the risk of getting lung cancer by an amazing 60%. It is still not definitive through the scientists research, however, if the apigenin alone does the work of killing cancerous cells or if they work in cooperation with other compounds found in celery
“Apigenin widely inhibits cell proliferation of various lung cancer cell lines in a dose-dependent manner and the combination treatment of apigenin and antitumor drugs is very effective in human lung cancer cells, and Nrf2-ARE pathway may contribute to the mechanism.”
Its not just the antioxidant benefits of celery or the fact that it is a great source of dietary fiber, the prevention of cancer is another strong reason to eat more celery. So if your mission is to reduce lung cancer risk, then it may be best to actually eat the celery. Celery is a fab snack all on its own or you can add it to stir fries, mix into salads, salsa, vegetable smoothies, stews and soups. Remember to always go organic and ensure your vegetables are pesticide free!
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