An African Herb, Sutherlandia (Cancer Bush) May Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer

November 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

Dennis Lubahn, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and child health, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Botanical center, University of Missouri-Columbia and a team of researchers has noted that an African herb known as lessertia furtescens (Sutherlandia) or better known as Cancer Bush can help to cut down on the risk of prostate cancer. This was based on the evidence that in mice study the herb was very promising.

Sutherlandia is notable in traditional medicine in helping treat other conditions affecting the body. In an online article published November 27, 2012 at Natural Products Insider, details of the talk given by Dr. Lubahn at the eight annual Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) symposium reveals that:

Lessertia furtescens (Sutherlandia) is an adaptogen that has been known as “Cancer Bush” in traditional medicine to improve the immune system, manage stress, reduce symptoms of HIV infection, reduce cancer risk and treat diabetes symptoms. However, he noted no modern clinical evidence shows Suterlandia’s benefits to human. A 2007 study did show it was safe for healthy adults at a 400-mg/d dose for three months (PLoS Clin Trials. 2007 Apr 27;2(4):e16).

Apart from Sutherlandia, another herb that has been studied by the researchers to help in the treatment of prostate cancer is genistein. This herb is natural occuring in soy and previous prostate cancer studies have shown that it has preventive power  against the disease. Exerpts from the online article also noted:

NIH has previously found genistein, the major phytoestrogen in soy, to be a possible prostate cancer treatment. he said epidemiological studies show genistein lowers the incidence of breast and prostate cancer. In Asia, where the population eats 20 to 80 mg/d of genistein, they have four to five lower incidence of breast cancer than in the United States, where the population eats 1 to 3 mg/d. The United States also has four to five times the prostate cancer mortality rate of Japan; perhaps this is due to genistein intake, Lubahn said. He also noted experimental evidence in both cell cultures and animal cancer models shows genistein has cancer protective effects.

So, the study of Sutherlandia and genistein further can help to develop possible treatments and prevention for cancer of the prostate. These are plant-based natural treatments and may help to reduce the incidence of this disease.

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