Holistic Health Show with Carl Helvie logoA new study published in PubMed concluded that celery killed up to 86 percent of lung cancer cells in vitro. It has also been found effective in killing ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, breast. and liver cancer cells because of the anticancer compound called apigenin. Researchers found that by eating just two medium stalks of celery two or three times a week they could reduce the risk of lung cancer by 60%. However, researchers are not sure if results are due to the apigenin or if it works in cooperation with other compounds found in celery. They also said “Apigenin widely inhibits cell proliferation of various lung cancer cell lines in a dose-dependent manner and the combination treatment of apigenin and antitumor drugs is very effective in human lung cancer cells, and Nrf2-ARE pathwayb may contribute to the mechanism.” In previous studies they found  “an inverse relationship between vegetable and fruit intake and lung cancer risk in both strata of current and never smokers.” Found also were women who ate plenty of apigenin in their diets were more likely to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 1%. and ovarian cancer by 20%. It is believed that apigenin may work by reducing the possibility of cancerous tumors growth by decreasing the vascular endothelial and decreasing the glucose uptake–minimizing the cycle of cancer cell formation in the pancreas. the researchers encourage everyone to eat celery but caution people to eat organic because celery is ofter drenched with pesticides.