Orange Peel Extract Could Fight Skin Cancer
Perillyl alcohol (PEOH), found naturally in mint and citrus fruits and also used as a food additive, is a powerful inhibitor of both UVB-induced non-melanoma and melanoma, reported researchers this week.
The compound has already been shown to inhibit the growth of many cancers and pre-cancerous lesions either by helping to fight cancer-causing chemicals or by interfering with signals that cause rapid cell division (Dr Janine Einspahr from the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, speaking at a Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in the US). Perillyl alcohol is a potent in vivo inhibitor of both UVB-induced non-melanoma and melanoma in a transgenic animal model.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US.
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