New Research Says Some Nutrients Can Inhibit Pancreatic Cancer Growth

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Innovative research conducted by scientists under the direction of Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Ph.D., at the Dr. Rath Research Institute indicates that the spread of pancreatic cancer can be inhibited with a specific nutrient combination. The research findings, published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer (2005,Volume 35:2; 97-102), further validate Dr. Matthias Rath's novel approach to controlling cancer metastasis with essential nutrients.

There is no cure for pancreatic cancer, which has the poorest prognosis among cancer malignancies. Conventional approaches, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, have been unsuccessful reducing the high mortality rate of this disease. Dr. Rath's research team incubated the human pancreatic cell line MIA PaCa-2 with a nutrient mixture composed of vitamin C, lysine, other amino acids, and green tea to observe its effects in inhibiting the proliferation and invasion of this deadly form of cancer.

This research direction was inspired by Dr. Rath's work. In 1992, he postulated that vitamin C and lysine could act as natural inhibitors of the degradation of connective tissue, a common pathomechanism in all types of malignancies. The study results corroborated earlier research with different types of cancer and showed that the nutrient mixture exerted a significant anti-proliferative effect and completely inhibited the invasion of pancreatic cancer cells. These nutrients also reduced the secretion of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the enzymes that cancer cells use to degrade the surrounding connective tissue and spread in the body.

"Our research proves that specific nutrients can control pancreatic and other forms of cancer because they target the four characteristics of the disease — proliferation, invasion, new blood vessel formation, and cell survival," Dr. Niedzwiecki said. "These new data call for a critical revision of current approaches to cancer and a focus on the development of natural, safe, and effective means of controlling this devastating illness."

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