SUMMARY — Anti-cancer:
Arizona prickly pear cactus extracts effectively inhibited cell growth in several different immortalized and cancer cell cultures in vitro and suppressed tumor growth in a nude mouse of an ovarian cancer model. These effects of the extracts were comparable with those caused by a synthetic retinoid currently used in chemoprevention trials.
Currently, the team of research institutions is investigating the expressions of genes related to cell growth and apoptosis which may be altered by treatment with cactus products to elucidate possible pathways through which this natural product exerts its anti-cancer effects.
DISCLAIMER: THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ADVERTISING FOR ANY PRODUCT. This information is intended for physicians and other licensed healthcare providers to use as a basis for determining whether or not to recommend prickly pear fruit. This medical and scientific information is not for use by consumers. While we attempt to update the information contained herein, we make no promise, warranty, or guarantee as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or applicability of any of the information contained on this website, nor do we endorse or accept any responsibility for third-party content that may be accessed through this website.