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Collagen Helps Slow Tumor Progression

On March 04, 2021, the MD Anderson News Release published a fascinating study on how collagen may play a protective role in slowing tumor growth and metastasis.1

This recent study from researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center supports the novel therapeutic approach that we may have greater success in treating cancer by adding collagen to the program.

Researchers reported: “The study finds that collagen works in the tumor microenvironment to stop the production of immune signals, called chemokines, that lead to suppression of the anti-tumor immune response. When collagen is lost, chemokine levels increase, and cancer can grow more rapidly.”

To come to this conclusion, the research team created a mouse model in which collagen was genetically removed from these cells, called myofibroblasts. More than 50% of the total collagen was absent in the tumor microenvironment.

With collagen reduced, pancreatic cancer growth accelerated, and the overall survival of the mice significantly decreased, suggesting that collagen plays a vital role in blocking cancer progression.2 The study also suggests collagen can prevent cancer metastasis by keeping dormant tumor cells asleep.

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Collagen Also Offers Many Benefits to Better Health

  • Supports tissues, bones, skin, hair, and eyes.

“Collagen is a type of protein that plays an important role in building and supporting many tissues, from bones and cartilage to the skin, hair, eyes, and the digestive system,” says Sonya Angelone, RDN, who practices in San Francisco and is a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.3

  • Helps reduce and prevent premature wrinkles.

Collagen is like a “glue” that holds your body together and makes up about one-third of the protein in your body.  As you age, your skin loses its elasticity because the body makes less collagen. 3

  • Improves and Help Digestion

If you find it hard to digest animal proteins, collagen supplements which come from animal protein are not only an easier protein to digest but improves your digestion.  In inflammatory digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD), collagen promotes a “gut healing.  The process of hydrolyzing the collagen allows collagen peptides to dissolve in hot water or be added to smoothies, which makes it relatively simple to use and digest.3

  • Collagen helps reduce joint pain and increase bone density.

The journal Nutrients in January 2018 reported: “In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial on 102 post-menopausal women, participants who took collagen peptides for one year increased their bone mineral density compared with the control group. Researchers postulated that this was because the collagen stimulated bone formation while slowing down bone loss”.3

  • Collagen is good for your heart.

A small uncontrolled open-label study published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis in May 2017 reported “32 participants who took a collagen tripeptide twice a day. After six months, markers of atherosclerosis (buildup in artery walls), including measures of cholesterol and arterial stiffness, had improved”. 3

The Budwig diet is a vegetarian diet.  However, since collagen helps prevent the growth and spread of cancer, this supplement would be an exception. Especially when it is used in conjunction with PECTASOL, a citrus extract that helps remove the “protective” coating around cancer cells and tumors.  Powder is the preferred form as it stirs easily into hot water or smoothies and has no artificial additives. Look for “grass fed” collagen powder (sold at iHerbs, Amazon and most health shops). Take 10 grams per day for good health. Also, cancer patients need protein, so in addition to the dairy in the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese or Quark mixture, collagen would help provide needed protein as it contains 18 essential amino acids.  In addition, we encourage our cancer patients to consume wheat grass powder or juice, Moringa powder and hemp powder are excellent plant-based proteins.

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References

1.- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/research/beyond-skin-supplements-collagen-could-be-next-target-cancer-therapies

2.- https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/collagen-plays-protective-role-during-pancreatic-cancer-development.h00-159459267.html

3.- https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-beauty/potential-health-benefits-of-collagen-and-thing-it-cant-do/