Compound in Mediterranean Diet Makes Cancer Cells ‘Mortal’

New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells’ “superpower” to escape death.Mediterranean salad


By altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled.

One way that cancer cells thrive is by inhibiting a process that would cause them to die on a regular cycle that is subject to strict programming. This study in cells, led by Ohio State University researchers, found that a compound in certain plant-based foods, called apigenin, could stopbreast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death.

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