Mangosteen eradicates not only leukemia cells, but also liver, gastric and lung cancer cells.
What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is cancer of the blood. A brutal disease, it attacks:
* the bone marrow...
* Replaces good cells with bad ones...
* Depletes blood platelets...
* Disrupts the immune system... And
* makes you prone to infection, anemia, and uncontrolled bleeding.
The word leukemia, which means 'white blood', is derived from the disease's namesake high white blood cell counts that most leukemia patients have before treatment. The high number of white blood cells are apparent when a blood sample is viewed under a microscope. Frequently, these extra white blood cells are immature or dysfunctional. The excessive number of cells can also interfere with the level of other cells, causing a harmful imbalance in the blood count.
Some leukemia patients do not have high white blood cell counts visible during a regular blood count. This less-common condition is called aleukemia. The bone marrow still contains cancerous white blood cells which disrupt the normal production of blood cells, but they remain in the marrow instead of entering the bloodstream, where they would be visible in a blood test. For an aleukemic patient, the white blood cell counts in the bloodstream can be normal or low. Aleukemia can occur in any of the four major types of leukemia, and is particularly common in hairy cell leukemia.
Signs and Symptoms
a) Damage to the bone marrow, by way of displacing the normal bone marrow cells with higher numbers of immature white blood cells, results in a lack of blood platelets, which are important in the blood clotting process. This means people with leukemia may easily become bruised, bleed excessively, or develop pinprick bleeds (petechiae).
b) White blood cells, which are involved in fighting pathogens, may be suppressed or dysfunctional. This could cause the patient's immune system to be unable to fight off a simple infection or to start attacking other body cells. Because leukemia prevents the immune system from working normally, some patients experience frequent infection, ranging from infected tonsils, sores in the mouth, or diarrhea to life-threatening pneumonia or opportunistic infections.
c) Finally, the red blood cell deficiency leads to anemia, which may cause dyspnea and pallor.
Some patients experience other symptoms, such as feeling sick, having fevers, chills, night sweats and other flu-like symptoms, or feeling fatigued. Some patients experience nausea or a feeling of fullness due to an enlarged liver and spleen; this can result in unintentional weight loss.
If the leukemic cells invade the central nervous system, then neurological symptoms (notably headaches) can occur. All symptoms associated with leukemia can be attributed to other diseases. Consequently, leukemia is always diagnosed through medical tests.
In the United States, it kills 20,000 people annually. And strikes 43,000 new victims each year.
"Queen of Fruits" Stops Leukemia in Its Tracks"
But now there's hope. It comes from a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia.
The Asians call it the "Queen of Fruits" – and they've used it for years to treat skin infections and wounds.
The fruit has powerful phytonutrients called xanthones. They fight:
* free radicals in the body and
* boost the immune system
* They also ignite antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties.
* In 2003, Japanese scientists found that these xanthones also inhibit the growth of leukemia cells. The study was conducted at the Gifu International Institute of Biotechnology in Kakamigahara.
Looking for a Cure
a) The Japanese researchers used six xanthones extracted from the dried and ground hulls of the fruit. (One of the study's authors had collected the hulls in Indonesia in 1993.)
They applied the xanthones to leukemia cells and then examined them under a florescent microscope. All six of the xanthones seemed to inhibit the growth of the cells to some degree. But one in particular stopped it completely. It did it by inducing "apoptosis" – a natural process that causes cells to self-destruct.
The results of this study supported the findings of research on other types of cancer.
b) In 2002, for example, Chinese scientists from the Department of Medical Research & Education, Veterans General Hospital were looking for a safe alternative to chemotherapy.
Working with a compound derived from those same six xanthones, the researchers tested it on 14 different types of human cancer cells. The compound – garcinone E – appeared to have a powerful toxic effect on liver, gastric, and lung cancer cells.
An Exotic Fruit Worth Seeking Out
So what is the "Queen of Fruits?" It's the mangosteen (not to be confused with the mango).
It's dark purple on the outside and white on the inside. It has a delicious, sweet taste. And it can be eaten just like any other fruit.
You can also purchase mangosteen as a supplement. (Check with your doctor, of course, before taking it.) It comes in 500 mg capsules. The recommended dose is one or two a day.