Over the past 100 years, cancer has advanced from the status of an obscure and fairly rare disease to a more prominent position as the #2 killer of American people. In 1900 the incidence of cancer was 1 in 500 among Americans. Today cancer claims 1 out of 3 lives, and the percentage is still climbing. Despite the increased use in chemotherapy cancer continues to claim more lives than ever before. Regardless, effective alternative therapies are rarely discussed by physicians and the pharmaceutically-dominated media.
Whey protein isolate is an excellent example of a safe and effective cancer fighter that is rarely discussed. In the hunt for natural anti-cancer drugs, researchers have found that whey isolate delivers a unique protein known as lactoferrin to the body. Lactoferrin, only found in whey isolate, elicits the production of glutathione within our body.
Glutathione has a multitude of roles which serve to protect us from cancer. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant and is found in every cell of the body. It helps clean up metabolic by-products known as free radicals. An imbalance of glutathione and free radicals has been shown to induce a myriad of various forms of cancer. Furthermore, glutathione is a powerful detoxifying agent. Through a process known as "conjugation", it rids the body of cancer causing substances, known as carcinogens, by attaching to them and escorting them out of the body and into the toilet.
An increase in glutathione may not be the only mechanism by which whey isolate fights cancer. In biochemistry, glutathione is classified as a phase II enzyme (enzymes are compounds that carry on many of the "life oriented" chemical functions at the cellular level). Because whey increases the production of glutathione it is both logical and scientifically sound to assume that whey also increases the production of other phase II enzymes like trypsin and chymotrypsin.
Together, trypsin and chymotrypsin are also known to be powerful inhibitors of cancer and are considered to be the body's natural "cancer fighters". Scientists at Johns Hopkins and Tsukuba University in Japan have confirmed this. Researcher Paul Talalay, M.D., stated that:
"20 years of research confirms that raising the levels of phase II enzymes [glutathione, trypsin and chymotrypsin] can offer a highly effective way to achieve protection against carcinogenesis (development of new cancer)".
This potent inhibition action of phase II enzymes is not hard to explain. Phase II enzymes fight cancers by destroying "trophoblast cells". These cells act as a protective shell to cancer by shielding it from our immune system, thus allowing it to proliferate. Without this protective shell cancer becomes an easy target for the body's immune system to destroy.
Among peer reviewed scientific journals, the evidence for whey's cancer curing ability is mounting rapidly. Anticancer Research published the following:
"This non-toxic dietary intervention, which is not based on the principles of current cancer chemotherapy, will hopefully attract the attention of laboratory and clinical oncologists."
Cancer Letters stated:
"Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest that dietary milk products [such as whey] may exert an inhibitory effect on the development of several tumors."
Enthusiastically reported by researchers at the Department of Food Science & Technology at Ohio State University demonstrated that glutathione levels in prostate cells were increased by 50% as a direct result of whey isolate supplementation containing lactoferrin. They concluded by stating the following:
"This represents a potential mechanism by which whey protein isolate can provide protection against the development of prostate cancer"
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden reported that the use of whey in combination with an unnamed component of human breast milk, have demonstrated the ability to kill all the known types of breast cancer cells! Their peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry suggested that when consumed by the body, whey
proteins selectively induce "programmed cell death" AKA suicide among breast cancer tumors. This is known scientifically as apoptosis.
Scientists in Japan announced that lactoferrin (from whey isolate) significantly inhibits colon, esophagus, lung, bladder and tongue cancer in animal models.
And last but not least, there is very strong evidence that whey proteins render cancerous cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation while protecting healthy cells from their devastating side effects! But unlike chemotherapy and ionizing radiation, whey proteins have no toxic side affects. Whey literally does the patient no harm.
The World Health Organization recently reported that the number of new cancer cases worldwide is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years, partly because "poor nations are adopting unhealthy Western habits". To avoid this and live cancer free, use whey isolate (not whey concentrate). Also, if your whey isolate contains sugar or artificial sweeteners, it is very likely that ALL benefits derived from using whey isolate are negated! Finding a good whey isolate is tricky but they are out there! We promise.
About the Author
Shane holds a Master's degree in organic chemistry and has first-hand industry experience with drug research, design and synthesis.His web site www.health-fx.net provides the best medicine available, including whey isolate. Sign up at the site and get a $10 voucher and our newsletter for free!
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