Solasodine glycosides extracted from eggplant that selectively kill cancer cells without harming normal cells is giving non-melanoma skin cancer patients new hope. These cancer-removing compounds found in eggplant, their mechanism of action, and the clinical research that has led to the development of an effective cure for basal and squamous skin cancers, Curaderm BEC5.
This cure is outlined in a book, The Eggplant Cancer Cure, Treatment for Skin Cancer and New Hope for Other Cancers from Nature's Pharmacy by Dr. Bill Cham.
This has led to natural home remedies using eggplants that are reported to be effective. Apparently, each eggplant contains 7 to 25 mg of BEC per 100 grams of fruit. Eggplant contain more BEC than Curaderm. Here the user reports that “The glycoalkaloids in the eggplant seem to get into the skin much better than with the sunspot cream”. He blended the eggplant in vinegar. It is also combined with orange oil in alternate applications in some reports.
Eggplant (Solanum melongena) also known as aubergine, belongs to the Solanaceae family of plants. Eggplant requires a long growing season, so it is usually started in the greenhouse or is grown in tropical countries. Most commercial operations can get around 39 tonnes of eggplant from 1 hectare of land, except in the Netherlands where they get almost 10 times that yield!
The nutrient content of eggplant is not very exciting. It is low in fat and protein but does contain some fiber
Nasunin in eggplants has been shown to have both antioxidant and antiangiogenic activities. In the field of cancer research, antiangiogenisis agents were heralded as a new way of preventing cancer cells from growing and spreading by stopping the development of new blood vessels. As a cancer grows, it needs new blood vessels close by to provide nutrients. When new blood vessels are prevented from developing, the cancer starves and dies.
The whole vegetable has also potential beneficial effects. Eggplant fruit juice exhibits an antimutagenic activity when tested in laboratory tests. It is suggested that there are multiple components that exist in the eggplant fruit including lutein that may be responsible.
Nutrient Content of Eggplant (per 100 g portion - cooked, boiled, drained)
Diseases related to the aging process result from the cumulative damage to cells by free radicals.
Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly in skin but also in the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). It is one of the rarer types of skin cancer but causes the majority of skin cancer related deaths. Malignant melanoma is a potentially serious type of skin cancer. It is due to uncontrolled growth of pigment cells, called melanocytes. Despite many years of intensive laboratory and clinical research, the sole effective cure is surgical resection of the primary tumor before it achieves a thickness greater than 1 mm.
Around 160,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed worldwide each year, and it is more frequent in males and caucasians. It is more common in caucasian populations living in sunny climates than other groups. According to the WHO Report about 48,000 melanoma related deaths occur worldwide per annum.