I have a deep love for sushi. And my sushi experience almost always includes edamame (steamed soybeans). Who knew my sushi addiction was actually providing me with an anticarcinogenic agent?
A recent article in ScienceDaily discusses a report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that soybeans soaked in warm water could become a new "green" source for a cancer-fighting substance, the Bowman-Birk Protease Inhibitor (BBI).
The scientists explained that BBI has shown promise for preventing certain forms of cancer in clinical trials.
In several organ systems and tissue types [e.g., colon, liver, lung, esophagus, cheek pouch (oral epithelium), and cells of hematopoietic origin]; and in cells of epithelial and connective tissue origin when given to animals by several different routes of administration, including the diet.
Currently, extracting BBI is a complicated and time-consuming industrial (chemical-laden) process. However, the scientists found soybean seeds brewed in water at 122 degrees Fahrenheit naturally release large amounts of BBI, which can be harvested easily from the water.
"The abundance of BBI in soybean seed exudates by incubating the seeds in warm water provides a simple and alternative method to isolate this low molecular weight protein," researchers told ScienceDaily.
As researchers continue to unravel this amazing find, I'm going to keep popping the edamame (and the sushi)!
Community editor Stephanie Wiseman shares new research that puts the loss of worker productivity linked to cancer and its treatment in the billons of dollars and asks, can supportive care programs help lessen the financial impact of cancer?
The Oncology Nurse Community Trivia Game Michelle Bragazzi, BS, RN, 1/13/2014 6 Are you looking to test your knowledge and have a little fun at the same time? TheONC Trivia Game covers various subjects, including cancer treatments, nutrition, side effects, and ...
TheONC needs moderators!
You're already here -- why not make it official? Moderators are charged with moving the conversation forward on TheONC by posting responses, questions, and joining in exchanges. Everyone is encouraged to post here, but moderators commit to doing so. Interested in participating? Contact:
Nurses, this community is for you. We're also happy to hear from other professionals who work with oncology nurses, like physicians, psychiatrists, hospice providers, or social workers. If you are a professional in oncology and work with nurses regularly, come on in.