15 February, 2006

Kava cures two types of cancer

Taken from an article in the Fiji Times. A new research has found that kava (yaqona) is a cure for two types of cancer. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the Laboratoire de Biologie Moleculaire du Cancer, a medical school at Luxembourg, found that yaqona compounds inhibit the activation of a nuclear factor important in the production of cancer cells. A notable decline in leukaemia and ovarian cancer in the Pacific prompted researchers to test yaqona. The study found that yaqona prevents the production of cancer cells which in turn results in people not contracting the two types of cancer. It also showed that yaqona compounds did not show general toxicity in that it does not kill every cell irrespective of whether it is cancerous or not. This is interesting in that it selectively homes into the target in the cell and inhibits it. It is expected that the discovery should boost kava production and export.

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