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Extra Virgin Olive Oil's secret ingredient kills cancer cells
10 March 2015 @ 11:18

A Rutgers nutritional scientist and two cancer biologists at New York City’s Hunter College have found that an ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

The ingredient is oleocanthal, a compound that ruptures a part of the cancerous cell, releasing enzymes that cause cell death.

You might ask does all olive oil have oleocanthal? Well the answer would be no. Only extra-virgin olive oil, as it only comes from the first press and is unique to olive oil. How do you know if your oil is high in oleocanthal? It is the component that makes your throat tingle like a peppery allergic reaction, it can also make you cough. So the more you cough the stronger it is.  Some judges jokingly rate olive oil by coughs; a 1-cough , 2-cough or 3-cough oil to express its pepperiness.

Paul Breslin, professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and David Foster and Onica LeGendre of Hunter College, report that oleocanthal kills cancerous cells in the laboratory by rupturing vesicles that store the cell’s waste. 

According to the World Health Organization’s World Cancer Report 2014, there were more than 14 million new cases of cancer in 2012 and more than 8 million deaths.

Scientists knew that oleocanthal killed some cancer cells, but no one really understood how this occurred. Breslin believed that oleocanthal might be targeting a key protein in cancer cells that triggers a programmed cell death, known as apoptosis, and worked with Foster and Legendre to test his hypothesis after meeting David Foster at a seminar he gave at Rutgers.

“We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” Breslin said.  
After applying oleocanthal to the cancer cells, Foster and LeGendre discovered that the cancer cells were dying very quickly – within 30 minutes to an hour. Since programmed cell death takes between 16 and 24 hours, the scientists realized that something else had to be causing the cancer cells to break down and die.

LeGendre, a chemist, provided the answer: The cancer cells were being killed by their own enzymes. The oleocanthal was puncturing the vesicles inside the cancer cells that store the cell’s waste – the cell’s “dumpster,” as Breslin called it, or “recycling center,” as Foster refers to it. These vesicles, known as lysosomes are larger in cancer cells than in healthy cells, and they contain a lot of waste. “Once you open one of those things, all hell breaks loose,” Breslin said.

But oleocanthal didn’t harm healthy cells, the researchers found. It merely stopped their life cycles temporarily – “put them to sleep,” Breslin said. After a day, the healthy cells resumed their cycles.  

The researchers say the logical next step is to go beyond laboratory conditions and show that oleocanthal can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors in living animals. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” Foster said.



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Barbara Clarke said:
14 March 2015 @ 10:31

My first question about this remarkable discovery is - what happens to the waste that was stored in these vesicles? Does this do any harm when it circulates or is it benign?


tiggie said:
18 March 2015 @ 11:08

Hello my friend, I need your help and advice, please read this email and contact me, we trust you and your professionalism.

We have had such an ordeal with our home, dogy estate agents, dogy builders, dogy translators, dogy solicitors and finally to rub salt into the wounds dogy court case which unfortunately we lost, we still to this day cannot understand why, we did everything legal, but we just didn’t know the system and lost our life savings to these circumstances.

My point is this, we own a campo house with olive trees, we don’t know anything about farming and tending to the land so via a hand shake with a Spanish person (NO CONTRACT) we allowed him to farm our land and receive any and all profits for himself, under the proviso he would clean the land, trim the trees, feed the trees. For the first 2 years everything seemed to be fine, we received our logs for our winter fuel, and our few gallons of olive oil, and he tended to the land, although we had to constantly phone him to deliver our logs. He became a very angry little man and whenever he came to the house frightened me, during the following 2 years we never saw him with the exception of picking the olives, we had to buy logs in for our winter fuel.

My son came to live with us with his Spanish girlfriend and her Spanish friends could not believe the way we were being treated, they suggested after a very bad argument with this angry little man to put a denouncia on him to stay away. We did this and everything seemed to be okay for a little while. Now we have received a court order to attend court in May for his expenses on the land, how can this be? We can not get the help of a free solicitor because this angry little man is demanding less than 2,000 euros, 1800 euros, we don’t know what to do, we can not afford a solicitor, we just don’t know what to do. HE NEVER HAD A CONTRACT, we now have a contract with another Spanish person signed at the notario, Please any and all advice would be so helpful, I have been so unwell for a number of years now. We came here to this beautiful country to retire, we have had nothing but one problem after another, but we still want to stay, it just feels life is so impossible sometimes.

Luvs n hugs

Yours Respectfully


eos_ian said:
29 May 2015 @ 18:40

So sorry for not answering sooner, but to be honest I am not sure what you can do. I hope everything worked out ok, if the course hearing went ahead that is. I can't think of anything better than what you already did. If he had no contract he shouldn't be able to claim for costs. Have you discussed this with Maria de Castro (lawyer) on this site? I am sure she would be happy to give you some free advice. Once again so sorry I can't be of any help, but it is a complex situation and only a lawyer would be able to guide you.


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