Researchers from Canada and the United States have been studying natural products and nutritional supplements that could potentially help fight the serious disease leukemia.
Avocados contain substances that inhibit an enzyme that promotes the growth of cancer cells in leukemia. The results of this study were published in the special journal Blood.
Acute myeloid leukemia is considered the most destructive form of leukemia. Most often, the disease affects people over 65 years old. Less than 10% of patients survive five years after diagnosis. They rarely undergo chemotherapy. Most often, they just receive palliative care. The drugs used in the treatment are toxic and can lead to the death of the patient, so scientists are trying to find harmless substances to fight leukemia.
Scientists from the United States and Canada, led by Paul Spagnolo of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have been researching natural products and food supplements that are potentially effective against leukemia. They were looking for a substance that could inhibit the enzyme VLCAD, which is involved in the metabolism of leukemia cells.
“This is the first time that we have identified VLCAD as a target in the fight against cancer,” Spagnolo said.
According to him, the researchers found that the avocado fruit, which is high in avocation B, can inhibit an enzyme critical for cancer cell growth. Prior to this discovery, avocation B was already undergoing clinical trials as a supplement for the treatment of diabetes.