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The effect of bitter melon on cancer cells.

THE EFFECT OF BITTER MELON ON CANCER CELLS. Ikeia Holyfield, Clifton Randell, Benny Washington, and E. Lewis Myles, Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this experiment is to test a plant called bitter melon and see if it is anti-cancerous. Bitter melon, also known as karela or Momordica charantia, is an herb that helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps body functions operating normally. Bitter melon may have anti-tumor capabilities. It seems to increase wounds healing, and possibly anti-inflammation. Our research inquire about to determine if bitter melon inhibit growth on cancer cells, It contains Gurmarin, a polypeptide similar to bovine insulin, which shows a positive sugar regulating effect by suppressing the neural response to sweet taste stimuli. Bitter melon grows in tropical areas, including parts of the Amazon, east Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and is cultivated throughout South America as a food and medicine. I will be testing this herb three different ways on breast cancer cells to see if this plant known as bitter melon is anti-cancerous or not.
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Title Annotation:MIDDLE REGION
Author:Holyfield, Ikeia; Randell, Clifton; Washington, Benny; Myles, E. Lewis
Publication:Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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