The researchers from Okayama University in Japan have found evidence that ingesting juice from sarunashi fruit can help prevent and reduce lung cancer via a mouse model. Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancers in the world with about two million people getting diagnosed with this deadly disease every year.
Sarunashi is an edible fruit grown in certain parts of Japan, the Korean peninsula, the Russian Far East and Northern China. Sarunashi is also known as the hardy kiwi, Siberian gooseberry and Kiwi berry. It carries green color and has sweet taste similar to kiwi. You need not to peel it unlike kiwi to eat it. Sarunashi is known for possessing antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
According to Dr. Sakae Arimoto-Kobayashi, associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Okayama University and lead author of this study, “Old people in Sarunashi’s origin area, Maniwa County, Okayama, eat it traditionally and say, ‘Sarunashi is good for health.’ Components in sarunashi juice enhance (the) repair process of damaged DNA to prevent lung cells from becoming cancerous. And components in sarunashi juice prevent cancer cells from growing,” she added.
In this study, the researchers decided to study the effect of sarunashi on lung cancer. They used mouse model to study the effect of sarunashi juice on lung cancer cells. They reported that the number of tumor nodules in mouse lungs injected with NNK, a carcinogen found in tobacco products and then were given sarunashi juice were significantly lower as compared to mice who were not given sarunashi juice. The team also studied other aspects of sarunashi juice and its effect on lung cancer cells. Previous researches have also shown that fruits and vegetables that contain certain antioxidants may help reduce lung cancer risk. The researchers further investigated isoQ as a potential anticarcinogen.
The original article was published in MedicalNewsToday.
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