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Apoptosis (programmed cell death) and the influence of Herbs & Spices

March 26, 2012

Apoptosis

Apoptosis is programmed cell death. It is a normal process in the development and health of multicellular organisms.
During apoptosis cells die in a controlled and regulated fashion. This is distinct from necrosis in which uncontrolled cell death leads to lysis of cells, inflammatory responses and, potentially, to serious health problems.
Apoptosis, by contrast, is a process in which cells play an active role in their own death (which is why apoptosis is often referred to as cell suicide).  Apoptosis, when controlled, is necessary to form the gaps in forming organs e.g. the gaps between our toes.
Cancer cells mutations have, however, prevented their cells from undergoing normal processes like apoptosis. There is no check on the cellular proliferation and so the disease can progress to the formation of tumors.  Understanding how apoptosis is regulated in cancer is therefore of major interest in the development of treatments for this disease.
“Cancer is a disease that is characterised by having too little APOPTOSIS occurring!”
Natural Ingredients that could help:
These ingredients are used extensively in infusions of The Wise Herb Company.
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