Scientists find that this oil can kill 90% of colon cancer cells in just 2 days
American Cancer Society has predicted that there will be more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer in America this year alone. While the general treatment of this disease is via chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, they all come with significant side-effects. Cancer researchers have been trying to find a more reliable and safe treatment for colon cancer. Recent studies conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide have found such a treatment. Read more about it.
1 What is colon cancer?
Colon is also known as the large intestine in our digestive system. The function of this part of the body is to extract the nutrients from the food like vitamins, minerals, fats and protein and then process it, so that the waste and nutrients are separated and the waste is then passed out of the body. The digestive system consists of esophagus, stomach, the large intestine and the small intestine. Colon cancer is the cancer of the large intestine and it occurs when cancer cells form in this part of the digestive system. Mostly in the beginning, the cancer starts as benign, small clumps known as polyps, which over the time take the form of colon cancers.
2 Symptoms and cause of Colon Cancer
Symptoms of Colon cancer are very few and only constant and regular screenings by the doctors actually identify the symptoms. Early identification of the polyps and treatment can prevent colon cancer from spreading further. The following are the signs and symptoms of colon cancer:
- Any changes in your daily bowel movement schedule.
- Constipation or diarrhea and any change in the consistency of the stool you pass.
- Blood in stool or from the rectum.
- Constant cramps, gas and pain in abdominal region.
- Weakness and fatigue
- Weight loss despite full diet
Exact cause of colon cancer is not very clear, but one of the major factors that may cause this type of cancer is ‘genetics’. Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) or the Lynch syndrome increases the risk of colon and other cancers. Major risk factors are old age, history of this cancer in family, any types of intestinal problems or diseases and diet with high fat content.
3 The amazing discovery by scientists
Scientists, who have been trying to find a better way to get rid of colon cancer cells for years, have finally found something that actually kills colon cancer cells. That wonderful ingredient is coconut oil. Coconut is anyways known as the best super food, and scientists have found out that coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has anti-cancer properties. It is a fatty acid which boosts the immune system and has high amount of antimicrobial properties.
Researchers at University of Adelaide recently found that this lauric acid in coconut oil kills 90% of colon cancer cells in just two days of colon cancer cell line in vitro. The studies were performed in a controlled environment in petri dishes. Coconut oil has been found to help in lowering the side effects of chemotherapy and treating diseases like osteoporosis, Hepatitis C, herpes and many more.
More research on coconut oil has found that the fatty acids in the oil, especially the medium chain fatty acids can treat disease like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and diabetes. When a patient with Alzheimer’s was given a daily dose of coconut oil, it was found that his symptoms were reduced in just 60 days.