The search for a cancer cure is currently still ongoing, and numerous studies typically show that natural products are the best for both preventing and curing the disease. Now, new research reveals some great news regarding breast cancer: the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research found that venom from honeybees can kill violent breast cancer cells within 60 minutes.
In the new study that was published in the NPJ Nature Precision Oncology journal, scientist Dr. Ciara Duffy noted that a compound in the bee’s venom is able to almost immediately kill cancer cells, even the most aggressive types, those that are considered to difficult to treat.
Honeybee Venom Effectiveness in Treating Breast Cancer
The researchers found that the honeybee is an effective cancer cure for breast tumors. They tested the venom’s impacts and saw remarkable results as it showed efficiency in reducing the growth of the tumor.
This method has only been tested in mice for now, and according to the team, there’s still a long way to go, but with the latest advancements in equipment and technology, they are getting there as they push through with their goal to find a cancer cure.
Dr. Duffy is hoping that this study will help in developing a cancer cure for triple-negative breast cancer that currently has no clinically efficient treatment or therapies. She said that the honeybee venom could be the answer as it proved to be incredibly potent.
“We found that the venom from honeybees is remarkably effective in killing some of these really aggressive breast cancer cells at concentrations which aren’t as damaging to normal cells,” the doctor said via press release.
How the Research Was Performed
The tests consisted of researchers artificially reproducing the melittin, a significant component of bee venom. That’s how they found it had anti-cancer properties.
“We tested a very small, positively charged peptide in melittin, which we could reproduce synthetically, and found that the synthetic product mirrored the majority of the anti-cancer effects of honeybee venom,” Dr. Duffy explained. “We found both honeybee venom and melittin significantly, selectively and rapidly reduced the viability of triple-negative breast cancer and HER2-enriched breast cancer cells.”
This simply means that they discovered the bee venom to be extremely powerful. As a matter of fact, the effects of the venom start to install within the first 20 minutes, shutting down the pathways for the reproduction of the cancer cells.
This paper also confirms that to treat cancer, nature has the best solutions.