How Detoxifying Carcinogens In Smokers Is Possible through Water Cress Therapy
A clinical study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has uncovered some good news for tobacco smokers. Researchers at the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute demonstrated in a 2nd phase clinical trial that the effects of water cress extract have a profoundly significant effect on inhibiting the activation of nicotine that is derived from nitrosamine ketone in tobacco smokers. The effect was most strongly noticed in smokers who lacked a certain gene involved in processing carcinogens.
Cigarette smokers are at a greatly increased risk of developing lung cancer than the general public who do not use tobacco products or smoke. “Helping people quit smoking tobacco is the main priority,” remarked the associate director Jian-Min Yuan Ph.D. of the UPCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Science. Nicotine is highly addictive and considered hard to give up, requiring time to quit and allowing for multiple relapses will most likely be necessary.
Water cress therapy wonderful for detoxifying carcinogens in smokers
- Dr. Yuan enrolled 82 cigarette smokers in a random clinical trial. Participants either took a placebo or they took 10ml of water cress extract mixed with 1 milliliter of olive oil 4 times a day for a week.
- With his Colleagues, Dr. Yuan tested the effects of water cress extract’s ability to reduce the activation of a carcinogen known as nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone.
- The results showed a 7.7% decrease in nitrosamine ketone activation, a 24.6% increase of benzene detoxification, and a 15.1% increase in acrolein detoxification.
- Those test subjects who lacked the 2 genes associated with removing the carcinogens and toxicants effectively saw a 95.4% increase in benzene detoxification, a 32.7% increase in acrolein, and a 29.8% increase in crotonaldehyde.
Further, study required for how water cress therapy is detoxifying carcinogens in smokers
Before the water cress therapy can be recommended as a treatment for smokers, there needs to be a phase 3 of the clinical trial involving hundreds of subjects. The advice of Dr. Yuan was that while eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables was good for people; He warned that the effects were unlikely to produce the same results as in the first 2 phases of the clinical trials.
The research for the project was funded by the National Cancer Institution, (NCI) on April 19th, 2016 through a grant provided to the University of Pittsburgh school of the Health Sciences.