Whenever I think of tobacco and cancer, I usually think the word "causes" should go between them. In fact, you would probably think I had lost my mind if I said we can now put the word "cures" between them. But that's exactly what a new study has found.
Now before you decide that I've got a few screws loose, know that the tobacco used in this study is different from the tobacco used in cigarettes and other tobacco products.
This study comes out of La Trobe University in Australia. The plant they studied is the flowering tobacco plant Nicotiana alata. It's not even the same species used to make cigarettes. And it wasn't the tobacco leaf that had the magical, cancer-beating properties. It was a protein called NaD1 in the plant's pink and white flowers. The plant uses the protein to fight off plant fungi. But this research found that it can do a lot more than that.
The researchers discovered that NaD1 has a pincer-like structure that allows it to grab a hold of cancer cells. These pincers latch on to the cancer cells. Then they form little balloons on the surface of the cancer cell. At some point, these balloons explode and destroy the cancer cell.
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What's really exciting about this protein is that it does massive damage to the cancer cell, but doesn't touch healthy cells. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Hulett from the school's Molecular Science program, article on his team's research paid special attention to this protein's ability to specifically attack cancer cells without touching the healthy cells. They were surprised at just how precisely it could attack affected cells. He also said: "There is some irony in the fact that a powerful defense mechanism against cancer is found in the flower of a species of ornamental tobacco plant, but this is a welcome discovery, whatever the origin."
The research into NaD1 hasn't developed very far yet. But I suspect the drug companies will jump on this and begin developing a new anti-cancer drug. And we'll probably see it used in anti-fungal drugs as well. I'm hoping it develops into a supplement we can safely use as well. Until then, it's unfortunate that we can't buy NaD1 supplements. However, there is another option.
As you may know, resveratrol fights fungus on grapes in much the same way NaD1 fights fungus. We've also seen that it's a powerful anti-cancer nutrient. So if you want to fight fungal infections and prevent cancer, don't wait until NaD1 becomes commercially available. Instead, take a high-quality resveratrol supplement, such as Advanced Resveratrol Formula. It doesn't work in exactly the same way. But it can provide powerful anti-fungal and anti-cancer abilities.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.