Washington: Celery, artichokes, and herbs, especially Mexican oregano, have apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids in them which help kill human pancreatic cancer cells by inhibiting an important enzyme, according to two studies.Elvira de Mejia, a University of Illinois professor of food chemistry and food toxicology, said that apigenin alone induced cell death in two aggressive human pancreatic cancer cell lines.Mejia asserted that they received the best results when they pre-treated cancer cells with apigenin for 24 hours, then applied the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine for 36 hours.Jodee Johnson, a doctoral student in de Mejia`s lab who has since graduated, said that the trick seemed to be using the flavonoids as a pre-treatment instead of applying them and the chemotherapeutic drug simultaneously.
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