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Evening Primrose Oil Fights Breast Cancer

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a component of evening primrose oil useful in treating arthritic pain, can also inhibit a cancer gene (Her-2/Neu) responsible for up to 30 percent of all breast cancers.

That's especially good news for breast cancer patients, according to Northwestern University researchers, because patients who possess the Her-2/neu gene typically have an aggressive form of the disease and a poor prognosis.

In fact, the GLA in evening primrose oil may be more efficient in reducing levels of breast cancer genes than cancer drugs like Herceptin by preventing the formation of fewer Her-2/neu genes. And it kills cancer cells without harming the healthy ones too. (Scientists also found using GLA made Herceptin all the more effective on breast cancer cells by a factor of 40.)

GLA is also contained in black currant and borage oils, with the latter having a higher concentration.

Just another sign, conventional medicine may be starting to come around about natural, safer treatments for disease -- like eating a healthier diet -- rather than toxic drugs.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 97, No. 21, November 2, 2005: 1611-1615 Free Full Text Article

EurekAlert November 1, 2005

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