Feed additive might have cancer fighting abilities

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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COLUMBUS, OHIO — Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are studying whether adding a component from cotton plants to chicken feed might result in eggs and chicken meat with anti-cancer properties.

"We are trying to produce cancer-fighting chicken meat and eggs by feeding chickens gossypol-enriched cottonseed meal," said Dr. Young C. Lin, leading researcher. "The theory is that if humans were to consume gossypol-enriched chicken meat or eggs, they could reap the anti-cancer benefits."

Gossypol is a natural pigment and insect repellent found in cotton plants, and Dr. Lin’s research indicates gossypol inhibits the proliferation, development and spread of drug-resistant cancer cell lines in the breast, ovary, cervix, uterus, adrenal, pancreas and colon.

Dr. Lin is now specifically studying the potential anti-cancer effect in human breast cancer cells compared with conventional cottonseed meal. The idea is gossypol would be released from the enhanced chicken and eggs by a digestive enzyme resulting in cancer protection.

"Tailor-made food components that possess anti-cancer and cancer chemopreventive effects in meat and eggs produced by hens fed with gossypol-enriched cottonseed meal will be a novel vision for improving value of agricultural commodities," Dr. Lin said.

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