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Cancer Cells Inhibited From Mutating & Cloning Behavior, Exterminated By Compounds Found In Whole Tomato Extract

May 18, 2017 04:02 AM EDT


There is a new discovery that gives hope for patients suffering from stomach cancer. Based on numerous studies performed on tomatoes regarding their anticancer properties, new data shows that whole tomato extract is potential for stomach cancer and could prevent cancer cells from recurring.

Scientists from the US and Italy have a recent discovery that shows anti-cancer properties from the whole extracts of the San Marzano and Corbarino variety of tomatoes, fighting off cancer cells. These varieties block the mutation and cloning properties of the malignant stomach cancer cells. Professor Antonio Giordano, Director of the Sbarro Institute of Molecular Medicine at temple University in Philadelphia and his team posted their study in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 28,000 stomach cancer cases will occur this year. The disease is also known as gastric cancer and is prevalent among adults. Most adults that suffer these type of cancer cells are at the age range of 65 years old and above.

Previous studies manifest that certain compounds like lycopene and carotenoids, the element responsible for tomato redness, have anti-cancer cell properties. Giordano and his team are in focus of whole tomato extract that has very little result from the past researchers, a research gap that they have to address reports Medical News Today.

The scientists' findings also show the mutation and replication of stomach cancer cells prevention from recurring by the whole tomato extract from the same varieties of tomatoes. Cancer cells migration are also hampered when escaping cells flee to attack nearby healthy cells. The process eventually exterminates the cancer cells.

The findings also report that more than one compound from the whole tomato extract is responsible for the extermination of gastric cancer cells and not only one as previously believed, says study co-author Daniela Barone, Oncology Research Center of Mercogliano, Italy, reports Science Daily.

Gastric cancer is the fourth-ranked cancer disease worldwide. The cancer cells development is attributable to genetic in nature, helicobacter pylori infection, eating habits from smoked or salted foods, says collaborative researchers Professor Barbara Nicolaus group and Dr. Rocco de Prisco from the National Research Council, Pozzuoli, Italy.

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