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Mint: Pharmacological activities against Cancer

March 24, 2012

Myrtenal is a monoterpene found in Mint, amongst other traditional herbs.   The anticancer property of myrtenal may be due to the involvement and expression of p53 and influence in the mitochondrial and lysosomal membrane integrity and also interference in the gluconeogenesis process of cancer cells. Their results suggest that myrtenal is very efficient and useful compound in the treatment of liver cancer for the future.

The aim of this study was to investigate the possible therapeutic efficiency of myrtenal against hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer).

“The results revealed that myrtenal significantly ameliorated the altered enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism, lysosomal and mitochondrial enzymes, and the tumor suppressor protein p53 was found to be significantly accumulated in myrtenal-treated animals, which inevitably confirms that myrtenal has a prominent role in preventing the liver cancer during treatment. “

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