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Nutrition researchers at the University of Buffalo have provided the first evidence that a minor plant based fat called B-sitosterol appears to play a role in inhibiting the growth of human prostate cancer cells. They found that the phytosterol B-sitosterol, a fat abundant in Hemp Seed Oils, enhances an intra-cellular signalling system that tells cells not to divide. The study showed a 28 percent inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth after being exposed to B-sitosterol for 5 days in vitro.
Dr. Awad, Phd., head of UB’s Nutrition Program will present these results at the Sixth International Conference of Anti-Cancer Research in Kallithea, Greece. Awad explained “That the phytosterol replaces some of the cell membrane’s cholesterol, which changes the membrane lipid composition in such a way that signal transduction (secondary messenger activity) is stimulated and that activation inhibits cell growth.” “If cell proliferation can be stopped before it becomes uncontrolled, cancer can be contained. When we treated prostate cancer cells with phytosterols, cell proliferation was inhibited. We have found the same effect in vitro with breast and colon cancer cells”.
This activity may help to explain why vegetable fats, such as Hemp Seed Oils, in the diet reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, Dr. Awad said. The work of Dr. Awad and his colleagues is grounded in epidemiologic studies showing that prostate cancer is less common in Asian countries where diets are primarily vegetarian and that rates increase when these people migrate to western societies where rates are higher and diets are primarily animal based.
The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology and the British Journal of Dermatology Recognize the benefits of GLA found in Hemp Seed Oil
For thousands of years, the hemp plant has been used in elixirs and medicinal teas because of its healing properties. Hemp Seed Oil is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other safe to use plant. Numerous studies have been conducted with Hemp Seed Oil, which ultimately demonstrate the oil’s high level efficacy when used either orally or topically. Current research with oral supplements has shown Hemp Seed Oil’s ability to augment eicosanoid levels and thereby relieve chronic inflammation. In a variety of other studies on animals and humans skin disorders associated with essential fatty acid deficiencies proved to have a marked amelioration in both the skin’s appearance and overall health when Hemp Seed Oil was included in the dietary regimen.
Since Hemp Seed Oil contains the highest concentration of any safe oil available, it is becoming the most convenient and economical GLA source here in the West.
Source: Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS
Ann Gittleman is one of the foremost nutritionists in the United States. The former Nutritional Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center, she currently consults with a broad spectrum of professional organizations and is the author of the best-selling books Eat Fat, Lose Weight, Super Nutrition for Women, Super nutrition for Menopause, The 40/30/30 phenomenon and Why Am I always So Tired?