orange-peel-anti-cancerous.jpg According to a recent study conducted by a team from Leicester School of Pharmacy has found that a compound found in tangerine peel has the ability to kill cancer cells. Though this study is still in its early stages, lead researcher Dr. Hoon has formed a company to further study the anti-cancerous properties of this fruit.

Highlights of the study
a. The compound Salvestrol Q40 has the ability to kill cancer cells.
b. This compound present in higher concentrations in the peel of the tangerine fruit.
c. This compound is a type of phytoalexin which is produced by plants to repel attackers.
d. The P450 CYP1B1 enzyme, found in cancer cells, converts it into a toxic compound.
e. It is 20 times more toxic to cancer cells than their healthy equivalents.
f. Further trials are ongoing.