Last month, Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically black college that sends more black students to medical school than any other college, announced exciting news: A study conducted in Xavier’s Ireland Lab shows that a “super cocktail” of six phytochemicals can kill BRCA1 mutated breast cancer cells and inhibit the growth of breast tumors.
This new development builds on previous research in the Ireland Lab that had been published in the Journal of Cancer in 2013. That research showed 100% killing of triple-negative breast cancer cells without adversely affecting noncancerous cells.
I spoke by e-mail with Dr. Shubha Ireland, a biology professor at Xavier and one of the chief researchers, to learn more.
- Is the “super cocktail” safe to take as a kind of “anti-cancer” supplement?
Yes, it is already being marketed as a dietary supplement—Breast Guard—and has been consumed by more than 700 women for more than two years with no reported adverse effects. Our work on the super cocktail is already showing its anti-cancer effects specifically on cancer cells but since it has not yet gone through clinical trials, an FDA requirement, it cannot be officially marketed as a drug. However, we can certainly say that it helps support breast health.
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