aBiomolecular and Physical Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
bEnvironmental Futures Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
Published: July 2012
Type: Janus Corner
A recent study in the journal Hepatology has demonstrated the chemopreventative effect of Crocus sativus (saffron) in decreasing hepatocellular cancer (HCC) induced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) in laboratory rats. This is a significant finding as HCC is one of the most prevalent cancers worldwide in humans. HCC is of particular concern for individuals suffering from hepatitis B or C, those with iron overload (such as in haemochromatosis) or with fatty liver disease. Alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking and exposure to carcinogens in some cosmetics and foods may also increase the incidence of HCC.Read more. . .