Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect males. Many patients are elderly and have poor overall health. Chemotherapy and surgery can really take its toll on these patients and decisions need to be weighed up carefully.
A new article on NABI blackseed will look at the role Nigella sativa and its active extracts can play in battling prostate cancer.
For a taster heres a promising 2014 study from Medical Oncology Clinic, University Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
Dirican A, Erten C, Atmaca H, et al. Enhanced cytotoxicity and apoptosis by thymoquinone in combination with zoledronic acid in hormone- and drug-resistant prostate cancer cell lines. J BUON. 2014 Oct-Dec;19(4):1055-61. Link here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25536616
In summary they found black seed oil extract, Thymoquinone, enhances cancer cell death when used with zoledronic acid in in hormone- and drug-refractory prostate cancer cell lines.
combination of Thymoquinone and zoledronic acid resulted in a significant synergistic cytotoxic activity and DNA fragmentation when compared to any single agent alone, in a dose- and time-dependent manner.
The authors concluded "this combination may be an alternative approach for patients who are unable to be treated by conventional treatments because of poor performance status."