Chewing Paan good for cancer patients


betel picIf you believe Union Health Minister Gulam Navi Azad,quit chewing betel.In fact,Azad derived a sense of pride when he addressed the annual function of Utkal University and said:”

“I had made film star Vyjantimala stop chewing paan when she was nominated to Parliament.”This was on May 5.

Now,Azad’s advise falls flat in the face of the scientists who claim that chewing Paan(betel leaf) could be beneficial to patients of cancer.

“An alcoholic extract of the betel leaves helps patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) — the most common form of leukaemia among adults in India — holding out hope of improved treatment”,claims the research carried out jointly by the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Kolkata, and Piramal Life Sciences, Mumbai.

The research was based on a 2011 report in journal Frontiers in Bioscience. The study claims that the compound hydroxychavicol (HCH) is part of the the alcoholic extract of the betel leaves and it can activate anti chronic myeloid leukaemia,according to a report of the IICB.

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