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Foods Enriched With Soy Peptide May Someday Help Treat Metastatic Liver Cancer

July 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Consuming the soy peptide lunasin alone, without supplemental anti-cancer drugs, at 20 mg per kg of body weight cut the number of metastatic liver tumors in mice by 94 percent. The positive results by a U.S. research team followed a similar study in which mice with liver cancer were given lunasin injections along with the chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin. That therapy resulted in a six-fold reduction in metastatic tumors to the liver. It would be difficult for humans to consume enough soy foods to reach the 20-30 mg/k levels, researchers said, but food companies could offer lunasin-enriched soy milk or yogurt. Lunasin-enriched flour is already available commercially.
Vermont P. Dia et al., "Potential of Lunasin Orally-Administered in Comparison to Intraperitoneal Injection to Inhibit Colon Cancer Metastasis", Journal of Cancer Therapy, July 08, 2013, © Dia et al.
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