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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Maca Fights Prostate Cancer

Promising new research indicates maca (Lepidium meyenii, a Peruvian cruciferous vegetable) may fight prostate cancer. Researchers concluded: "This study used aqueous extract of dried hypocotyls of Lepidium meyenii. In the aqueous extract is possible to find glucosinolates and anthocyanines. Both compounds have antiproliferative and proapoptotic properties in prostate cancer cells." [citations omitted.]
Reference: Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2005, 3:5 Gustavo F Gonzales, Sara Miranda, Jessica Nieto, Gilma Fernández, Sandra Yucra, Julio Rubio, Pedro Yi, and Manuel Gasco.

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