Traditional breast cancer treatment – surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – is more successful in ridding the body of existing cancerous cells than inhibiting their growth and replication. So I was very interested in recent research from Dr. Paul Sylvester of the University of Louisiana that was presented during Palm Oil Health Week. His data mostly concerned cell cultures of breast cancer (test tube studies), but shows that tocotrienols from Malaysian palm fruit oil may compensate for the limitations of standard treatments. These results may eventually have implications for all women concerned about breast cancer – which is everyone, right?
Tocotrienols may help in the fight against breast cancer in a couple ways:
• Tocotrienols have great potential in the prevention and treatment of cancer because of their multiple mechanisms of action against different types of cancer – such as inhibition of growth factor receptor activation and inhibition of cancer cell replication
• Combining tocotrienols with different chemotherapy drugs can show a significant synergy to reduce cancer cell proliferation and inhibit breast cancer tumor growth
Dr. Paul Sylvester is at the forefront of breast cancer research. Several prestigious journals have published his studies. He and his colleagues received a U.S. patent for their tocotrienol-based anticancer research.
Dr. Shawn Talbott holds a MS in Exercise Science from University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. He also holds advanced certificates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from MIT. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. As a Diplomate of the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Nutrition program, he has educated elite-level athletes in a variety of sports including at the United States Olympic Training Centers. He is the author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on nutrition and fitness. His work has been featured in media outlets around the world, including a variety of segments on The Dr. Oz Show, as well as at the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity.