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Constituents of Cardamom against Cancer

April 4, 2012

Acharya A,  et al, argue rightly that oxidative stress results from an imbalance in the production of reactive oxygen species and our cell’s own antioxidant defenses.  This imbalance can lead to carcinogenesis.

Several plant constituents and polyphenolics have demonstrated chemopreventive properties against carcinogenesis by regulating the redox status of the cells during oxidative stress. We have reported on this website many examples and cardamom is no exception.

Indole-3-carbinol  and diindolylmethane from Cardamom (Elletaria cardamomum) are two phytochemicals have previously demonstrated significant anti-cancer potential.

In conclusion, phytochemicals in cardamom have promising effects against carcinogenesis and several analogues of Indole-3-carbinol  and diindolylmethane  could be effective against various types of cancer.

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