Malaysian curry leaves may protect against breast cancer

Posted on 12 June 2014

curryleaf_powder2 Malaysian curry leaf, specifically ones from the eastern state of Kelantan, may protect against breast cancer due to its potent natural antioxidant properties and beneficial chemopreventive agents, according to a study.

In the study, Dr. Ali Ghasemzadeh, a Doctor of Medicinal Plants from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) made that discovery after investigating bioactive compounds and pharmaceutical qualities of the curry leaf (Murraya koenigii L.) extracts from three different locations in Malaysia.

According to the study, the highest TF and total phenolic (TP) contents were observed in the extracts from Kelantan, followed by Selangor and Johor, respectively.

It added that a high concentration of quercetin, catechin, epicatechin, naringin, and myricetin levels were observed in the extracts from Kelantan, while the highest rutin content was detected in the leaves from Selangor.

The curry leaf extract from Kelantan also exhibited higher concentration of gallic acid than that from Selangor and Johor, and among the studied samples, the ones from Kelantan exhibited the highest radical scavenging activity and ferric reduction activity potential followed by those from Selangor and Johor, respectively.

A preliminary screening showed that the curry leaf extracts from all the locations exhibited significant anticarcinogenic effects inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cell line (MDA-MB-231) and maximum inhibition of MDA-MB-231 cell was observed with the curry leaf extract from Kelantan.

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