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Cardamom and anti-cancer properties

March 6, 2012

Cardamom and Cancer

Research by Daoudi et al, showed that Protein extracts of Cardamom revealed an interesting immunomodulating action, which could explain their traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine.  The results of this study may also have implications in therapeutic treatment of infections, such as prophylactic and adjuvant with cancer chemotherapy.

Investigators at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington (Acharya et al) have investigated cardamom (a key ingredient in InnOrbit functional drinks) and its chemo-preventive properties against carcinogenesis.

… limonene and cineole demonstrate promising effects against carcinogenesis.  Thus studies with selected phytochemicals of cardamom and bioavailability research might lead to many medical applications. This review is focused on the patents generated on the effects of indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane two constituents of Cardamom and other selected phytochemicals of cardamom on carcinogenesis.

This supports the proposition by Acharya et al:Oxidative stress is caused by the production of more reactive oxygen species (ROS) than the cell’s own antioxidants.  Antioxidants in the cells are the body’s defences against Oxidising compounds and if there is an imbalance it can lead to carcinogenesis.

We have shown in previous articles that many herbs and key ingredients of InnOrbit drinks are rich in phytochemicals.  One such phytochemical, cardamom, and key Ingredient of the InnOrbit drink Young&Fun, has recently been reviewed by Acharya et al.   They suggest that Cardamon may have exceptional anti-cancer effects against hormone responsive cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian cancers.

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