Whey Proteins Suppress Cancers

The lesson of courseis that certain proteins in cow’s milk naturally inhibit cancer and breastcancer in particular.  Besides thebenefit of having cow’s milk in your diet, the other lesson is that these arebenefits associated with whey, which has steadily been converted into a usablefood source these past decades.

In fact it is likelyhigh time to draw the loose ends together on whey and see were we presently areat.

We are a long way frommerely recognizing the importance of vitamins, and I am old enough to recall alittle of the surprise that produced as it spread out and became accepted.  We are more and more appreciating the use ofa range of complex proteins in our diets and whey happens to be an excellentsource.

By News Editor

Posted: December 28, 2010

Scientists have found that lactoferrin, a whey protein found in milk,could be an anticancer agent for breast cancer. Lactoferrin is an iron-bindingprotein that has been reported to inhibit several other types of cancer.
According to a study that will be published in the January 2011 issueof the American Dairy Science Association’s Journal of Dairy Science,scientists in Portugal found that breast cancer cells treated with lactoferrindecreased the cancer cells’ viability by 47-54 percent and decreased the growthrates of the cancer cells by 40-64 percent.
“There is overwhelming evidence that biologically active foodcomponents are key environmental factors affecting the incidence of manychronic diseases,” says Lígia Raquel Rodrigues, author of the study. “However,because the full extent of such components in our diet isn’t known, nor is theunderstanding of their mechanisms of action, we undertook this study for acloser look.”
While additional studies will be needed to establish a clear role forlactoferrin as a potential tool in fighting breast cancer, the results fromthis study suggest that lactoferrin interferes with some of the most importantsteps involved in cancer growth.

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