Breakthrough Cancer Research with a natural compound found in EVOO

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The research revolved around studies of the Mediterranean diet that produced lower incidences of cancer. Researchers identified the naturally occurring oleocanthal, from extra-virgin olive oil, as a potential c-Met inhibitor hit.

El Sayed said c-Met enhances cell growth, invasion, angiogenesis, metastasis; reduces apoptosis; and changes cytoskeletal functions of many tumors.

Gary is in her fourth year at ULM. She began her cancer research during her second year.

She is the first person to isolate the oleocanthal compound from olive oil with a 95 percent purity rate, which was no small task. Olive oil is 99 percent fatty acid and 1 percent phenolics.

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