Could Soybeans and Mushrooms Save Your Life?
Today’s topic might be of interest to the male reader today or to the woman who loves a man. Up for our look-see this time is something to help with prostate cancer that has turned metastatic meaning it has spread.
One method commonly used to fight against metastatic prostate cancer is an androgen (testosterone) deprivation therapy. It is these patients to whom this news may be of use.
This is the way it works. There is an androgen receptor in the cancer cell’s nucleus. When androgen goes down such as in the deprivation therapy, there is a protein, filamin A, that is usually attached to this receptor which gets kicked out of the cell. Now the cancer cell no longer needs androgen to survive.
… loss of filamin A allows these cells to survive androgen deprivation, and the cancer essentially becomes incurable.
Now researchers have discovered a product called GCP (genistein-combined polysaccharide) made from soybeans and shiitake mushrooms from Japan can keep this from happening. You may be able to find it in your local health food store. If not, it comes from Amino-Up out of Sapporo, Japan. But, AS ALWAYS, talk to your doctor if you are a prostate cancer patient and get his medical opinion.
So with testing on mice, the researchers found that GCP kept the protein attached to the androgen receptor in the cancer cell’s nucleus meaning it still needs androgen to survive and grow. With no or very little androgen coming in due to the androgen deprivation therapy, the cancer cells can die of starvation. The patient could live longer with such treatment.
The team’s hypothesis is that metastatic prostate cancer patients with the weakest response to androgen-deprivation therapy could be given GCP concurrently with androgen deprivation therapy to retain Filamin A in the nucleus, thereby allowing cancer cells to die off.
Now all they need is some funding to start human trials and hope is this type of therapy, the two in conjunction for the right man, will soon be normal.
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