Acetic Acid in Vinegar Kills Mesothelioma Cells

For more than 2,000 years, people have used vinegar to preserve and flavor food, disinfect wounds and treat a wide range of ailments, from stomach aches to diabetes. Yet modern scientists remain skeptical of these storied medicinal benefits, often dismissing vinegar-based treatments as folk remedies with questionable proof behind them. However, a recent study published in the December 2014 issue of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests this perception soon may change — especially when it comes to mesothelioma treatment. "Acetic acid is a powerful anticancer agent," wrote Susumu Okabe, lead author of the study. "Topical application of acetic acid may be a feasible approach for the treatments of gastric cancer and possibly other malignancies." Okabe’s team reached this conclusion after adding a low concentration of acetic acid to a Petri dish containing two mesothelioma cell lines cultivated from human patients. The study also explored the mild acid's effectiveness against stomach cancer, using cells from humans and mice models. When researchers increased the acid dose, a greater number of cancer cells died. Near Complete Cancer Cell Death Okabe and colleagues tested several concentrations of acetic acid, observing how cancerous and healthy cells responded over various intervals of time. A low concentration of 0.5 percent acid triggered an impressive anticancer effect on the two mesothelioma cell lines tested. Nearly all cancer ...
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