JACKSON, Miss. – Belhaven University’s Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Elizabeth Brandon and a team of student researchers are conducting foundational research toward a breakthrough in the fight against cancer.
The University’s team is revealing preliminary data that shows a low concentration of kale juice can actually kill a type of liver cancer cell, called HepG2.
“It’s a different way of looking at food,” said Dr. Brandon, who started this type of research 10 years ago.
A student, interested in working with kale juice and its effects on melanoma cells, gave her the idea. Since then, she and other biologists have studied cava, mimosa, green tea, pomegranate, blueberries, and many other plants.
According to Dr. Brandon, plants are already being used for modern cancer treatments. Taxol, extracted from the Pacific Yew tree, is one of the most popular and effective modern anti-cancer drugs. “There are thousands of species of plants that have never been researched, many of which may have great potential as treatments for disease.”
For more information about Dr. Brandon’s research into using plants such as kale in their natural forms to destroy certain kinds of cancer cells, contact David Sprayberry, Assistant Director of University Relations at Belmont University at 601-454-3579.