If you’ve never heard of neem before, you’re not alone. The tree, originally a native of India, is a member of the mahogany family. And although parts of the tree—its leaves, bark and seeds—have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, it’s not exactly what you’d call a household name.
But that may all be about to change, because new research has revealed that an oral supplement, made from the neem tree, could help suppress the spread of prostate cancer, while shrinking tumors by up to 70 percent!
Here’s what we know…
An international group of researchers, based at the Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, uncovered an active compound in the neem plant that literally suppresses the development and spread of prostate cancer.
Slash the spread of prostate cancer by 50%
Over 12 weeks the compound, known as nimbolide, shrunk existing tumors by a stunning 70 percent, and slashed the spread (metastasis) of the cancer up to 50 percent.1 And, incredibly, nimbolide was able to do this with zero significant side effects!
How it accomplishes this is a bit technical, but it’s also very exciting. You see, we all have a gene in our body called STAT3. In men, when this gene is switched on—or activated—it appears to spur prostate tumors to grow and spread.
But the nimbolide in neem heads straight for a specific enzyme (glutathione reductases) that’s critical for switching STAT3 on, and keeping it running. In other words, without its support staff in place the gene is inhibited, and the growth and spread of the cancer is suppressed right along with it.
Neem found in everything from soap to supplements
Neem has been used in Asian medicine for centuries. The leaves and bark of the tree are used today in skincare products, soaps, toothpastes and dietary supplements.
Neem extracts have natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, and the herb has been shown to be a natural anti-inflammatory as well. Neem has also been shown to effects against other types of cancers as well. And earlier this year researchers reported it may have promise in fighting pancreatic cancer.2
If you’re interested in trying neem supplements, talk with an integrative doctor who is familiar with natural medicine about designing a plan that’s right for you.
1. “Nimbolide-Induced Oxidative Stress Abrogates STAT3 Signaling Cascade and Inhibits Tumor Growth in Transgenic Adenocarcinoma of Mouse Prostate Model,” Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 2016; 24 (11)
2. “Nimbolide inhibits pancreatic cancer growth and metastasis through ROS-mediated apoptosis and inhibition of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.” Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19819
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