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Even though they are originally tropical, paw paws grow all over North America, even up in Canada. They have a very high protein content similar to soy beans, and high carbohydrates. Paw Paw is used in cancer research- The leaf extract was put in petri dishes with cancer cells...the cancer cells died, the human cells were fine. The inside of the fruit has sapote-like dark seeds that look like small black rocks surrounded by yellow custard-like flan-pudding. no poisonous lookalikes. Don’t eat the seeds, or use the leaves or bark- the compounds are too strong. Powdered seeds were used to rub into hair for lice (not taken internally) If you know anyone fighting a battle with cancer, please tell them about “Paw Paw”. Contains Acetogenins which stops the production of cellular energy in abnormal cells, while healthy cells remain unaffected. It Inhibits blood cells and vessels growing near the abnormal cells (prevents the growth of vessels in or near the tumor), Also Reduces ATP levels (the amount of materials available for cellular division) Depletes the DNA and RNA building blocks necessary for new, abnormal cell division – effective against human CEM leukemia cells; proven to reduce DNA and RNA production in 3 days. In other words, it prevents the growth and duplication of cancer cells.. The most potent available source of acetogenins is the paw paw tree . The twigs contain the most concentrated amount of acetogenins, especially if they are harvested when they are most biologically active. Upjohn research showed that Paw Paw compounds are up to 300 times more potent than Taxol, caused reduction in growth of tumor. Eli Lilly showed that Paw Paw caused a 60% decrease in tumor size. Taxol caused 10% weight loss in mice. By contrast, Paw Paw compounds used with mice produced a weight gain – thus helping the starvation problem with more cancer patients. Do not take Co-Q 10 while taking paw paw because it encourages cell growth. Paw Paw is often confused with its cousin graviola or “Brazilian paw paw”, which is not the same and much less powerful. Do more research if used for cancer. This is just a start.
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