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Cancer Lett. 1996 Feb 27;100(1-2):211-4.

Chemoprevention of lung and skin cancer by Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059, USA.


The in vitro inhibitory effect of Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract on Epstein-Barr virus early antigen (EBV-EA) induction using Raji cells revealed a high order of activity compared to capsanthin, cranberry, red onion skin and short and long red bell peppers. An in vivo anti-tumor promoting activity evaluation against the mice skin and lung bioassays also revealed a significant tumor inhibitory effect. The combined findings suggest that beetroot ingestion can be one of the useful means to prevent cancer.

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