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Dietary Selenium May Help Fight Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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Selenium-enriched diets may help ward off myeloid leukemia, and a new study led by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has described the mechanism by which this occurs.


A cancer of the bone marrow, the spongy substance at the center of the bones that produces blood cells, leukemia can affect white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Acute myeloid leukemia affects a type of white blood cell known as the myeloid cells. A rapidly progressing form of the disease, the majority of people who develop this type of leukemia are aged 60 or over.

Scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have carried out cellular studies of myeloid leukemia in which they investigated the effects of certain micronutrients. They discovered that a specific combination of micronutrients, including vitamin C and others, was effective in reducing factors such as cancer cell growth, the secretion of matrix metalloproteinase enzymes (a facilitator of cancer invasion and metastasis), and the invasion of leukemia cells into connective tissue. Significantly, the micronutrients were also able to induce cancer cell death (apoptosis).

To learn more about the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s approach to fighting leukemia naturally with micronutrients, see this article on our website.

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