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Citrus Juice And My Prostate Cancer

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Wonders of Citrus Juice

Wonders of Citrus Juice

Before I begin this piece on my experience with using citrus juice, I first have to explain to readers of this post, “that I will not be able to submit any further posts for the next few weeks. I will be away out in the bush with some of my family until approx the middle of July taking a break. I apologise to everyone and I hope readers will understand and be patient until my return.”

It would be a lie for me to say I am feeling fantastic at the moment, however over the past couple of months I have felt at times more energetic than I have for the past year. I underline the word energetic as I still have aches,pains, stiffness and weakness that seems to be getting worse and that undermine any complete feeling of wellbeing.

My energy levels however have increased and so has my interest in taking up chores and trying to get things done. The one common denominator for this rise in energy levels has been my consumption of lime juice in my water bottles. I have citrus trees growing on my property and lately I have had a good crop of limes which I decided to juice and add to my water. I started to feel more energized about the same time as I begun this practice,  but did not put two and two together until I stopped the practice for a few days then restarted. Each time I stopped using the lime juice my energy levels went to rock bottom and rose again when I resumed the practice.

This little surprising exercise had me searching the web for a link between citrus juice and prostate cancer. I wasnt really surprised when I found quite a bit of information including references to small scale studies done in this field. I have included some web addresses at the end of this article for those who may be interested. The following information has been borrowed by me from an article and gives an over view of the possible role of citrus and cancer.

Animal studies and a couple of uncontrolled human studies have found that Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) may inhibit the spread of prostate cancer and melanoma to other organs. However, there have been no controlled clinical studies to prove this effect in humans.

MCP is commonly used as a gelling agent for canning foods and making jellies. It is also used widely in the production of food and cosmetics and as an ingredient in some anti-diarrhea medicines. In the past 10 years, the modified form of pectin has been investigated for anti-cancer properties.

Several animal studies found that MCP helped reduce the spread of prostate, breast, and skin cancer. Animals with these types of cancer that were fed MCP had a much lower risk of the tumor spreading to the lungs. For example, one study examined the effects of MCP on lung metastases from melanoma cells. Researchers injected mice with melanoma cells. In the mice that were also given MCP, significantly fewer tumors spread to the lungs than in the mice that did not receive the drug. When lung tumors did develop in the mice treated with MCP, the tumors tended to be smaller than those that formed in untreated animals.

These studies appear to show that MCP makes it difficult for cancer cells that break off from the main tumor to join together and grow in other organs. However, in most animal studies, MCP had no effect on the main tumor, suggesting that it may only be useful for preventing or slowing the growth of metastatic tumors in very early stages of development.

Recent laboratory studies of human and animal cells have provided information on how MCP might slow the spread of cancer. MCP appears to attach to galectin-3, a common chemical in many cells. Galectin-3 is present in abnormally high levels in many cancers and plays an important role in the growth, survival, and spread of cancer cells.

Although animal and cell studies are quite encouraging, very little information is available about whether MCP is effective in humans. In one published clinical trial, 10 men with prostate cancer were treated with MCP after standard treatment failed. In 7 of these men, blood tests found their PSA doubling time improved in comparison with measurements done before taking MCP, indicating that MCP may have a slowing effect on the cancer’s growth. This study had no control group which limits the strength of its conclusions on MCP’s effectiveness.

So there you have it. I for one will continue to enjoy my citrus juice and water in the hope it will continue to give me the energy I have been experiencing. If it turns out just a placebo effect I don’t really care much as it cannot do me any harm.

The wisdom of youth

The wisdom of youth

Catch you all again in a few weeks.

Lee aka Popeye

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