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Study: Baked Rhubarb May Help Fight Cancer

February 19, 2010 by  

Study: Baked rhubarb may help fight cancerFor those interested in eating rhubarb for its comprehensive health benefits, cooking the vegetable in the oven may be the ideal way to prepare it. Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and the Scottish Crop Research Institute have found that baking garden rhubarb for 20 minutes can dramatically increase its levels of anti-cancer chemicals.

Using liquid chromatography analysis, the researchers identified 40 polyphenols in raw rhubarb. These chemicals, which include anthraquinone, stilbene and flavonol derivatives, have been shown to selectively kill or prevent the growth of some cancer cells.

Compared to eating the raw vegetable, baking significantly increased total rhubarb polyphenol content, bringing out the highest antioxidant capacity. However, there was a dramatic decrease in the beneficial chemicals with extended cooking time.

"Our research has shown that British rhubarb is a potential source of pharmacological agents that may be used to develop new anti-cancerous drugs," concluded Nikki Jordan-Mahy from Sheffield Hallam University’s Biomedical Research Center.

Scientists are now looking to use the findings to study the effect of rhubarb’s polyphenols on leukemia, including those strains that have been proven to be resistant to treatment.

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  • TIME

    Can you mix it with other foods when cooking, or will that in some way diminish the effects? Like an Apple Rhubarb pie etc..

  • s c

    Rhubarb may have possibilities. I don’t mean to sound like a complete pessimist, but once again, we seem to have a classic case of useful information coming from sources that are NOT a part of the lamestream, prostituted science crowd (AMA, FDA and Big Pharma).
    I’m still waiting for these ‘geniuses’ to claim that natural food isn’t ‘safe,’ so we shouldn’t eat it. That line of reasoning would have to claim that only processed, unnatural food is ‘safe.’ Wouldn’t it be interesting to live in a country where we had to get a prescripton from an MD to go buy processed, unnatural food? It may sound a bit off-the-chart, but people need to remember that our sold-out science whores demand that we buy only over-priced, dangerous prescription drugs.
    Anything close to “natural” is to be despised and hated and BY LAW prevented from being sold here. So much for American ‘science,’ Washington, progress, health, leadership, ethics, compassion and CHOICE.

    • Margaret

      Very well said!!

  • Dennis

    Nothing like good ole rhubarb pie…..the only thing I have heard is that you should never eat the leaves as they are poisonous, but the stalks are OK. Have also had blueberries mixed in with open pie.

  • CathieO

    Reply to SC.
    Sadly it’s already happening with Monsanto, & their patents on genetically modified seeds. They’re claiming, anyone using natural
    (God’s) seeds are contaminating their product, & infringing on their patents. See the film Food Inc. The whole film is great, but the second half focuses on Monsanto. Also good to see, “The Corporation.”

  • s c

    I’m not surprised, CathieO. The bottom line with these vermin is absolute, unquestioned control. I’d like to see some of these NWO Nazis volunteer to live on the moon or Mars, and take their damned GMO seeds with them.
    Indirectly, these people act as population control czars. They’re about as caring and compassionate as Hitler’s gas ovens.
    How anyone can see them as useful, productive businesses is beyond me.

  • Stan Lee

    I don’t know much about rhubarb, have only tasted it once. It was part of an apple-rhubarb pie.
    I notice the test results of this leafy veggie were derived from a “British Rhubarb.” Am I reading the article too closely, is there any nutrtitive between British Rhubarb and the variety I’d find at my domestic, American, veggie-fruit market?

  • Godfrey Woods

    When they say “baked rhubarb” are they referring to a pie only or can you just pop it in the overn for awhile??? Rhubard might be good for you but I don’t know about too many pies!! LOL.

  • Godfrey Woods

    By the way I live in New Zealand at the present time a I’m just wondering how could the American people allow THEIR Supreme Court to allow seeds (Gods seeds) to be given a monopolistic patent?? Quite frankly we rely on the American People to maintain freedom on this planet of ours, if you don’t defend freedom we’re all down the gurglar!!

    • Steve Miller

      Blessed friend of old,

      We yanks have not surrendered, nor are we going down the gurglar! Send me an email, I’ll tell you why. There is something you must see, that will delight your soul.

      Kind regards,
      Your old friend from the States.

  • s c

    Godfrey, that’s a GREAT point about people in other countries looking to America to keep everyone free.
    This is a point many Americans DO NOT understand or appreciate. You see, we’ve had it too good for too long in the US. We have been invaded by generations of two-legged domestic enemies (politicians) who sold their posteriors and their souls to the lowest bidder(s).
    No one has to be a scholar to know that if America falls, THE WORLD FALLS. It’s not easy to be optimistic about the Supreme Court. Common sense is going through a slow death here.
    Pray for America. We will get through this (and rid ourselves of everyone like King Obummer), or we will have another Revolution ad everything that goes with it. I see no other options.

  • s c

    I’m no chef, so I’m not anyone’s info source for this topic. It seems to me that a good nutritionist or a reference book or even 15 minutes doing basic research on the internet should get answers for those who want to know more about rhubarb and its health-protecting qualities.

  • Harriett Gillespie

    Hi, I grow rhubarb as does my brother whose 75. I do know that when he was going through his worst case scenario of taking chemotherapy and radiation for a colon cancer mess, I urged him to eat Asparagus daily, 2 tablespoons of cooked then pureed twice daily. It brought down his cancer cell count. Today its still near notmal. Sadly the chemotherapy caused serious heart problems for which he now has 5 Stents inserted in his heart veins plus gave him Diabestes 2. The radiation gave him a very sore untreatable esophagus which is called Barrett’s disease. Now he eats lukewarm foods as that result or it makes him nauseous.
    No one can tell me those quacks who gave him prescription drugs plus treatment were safe. They openly tell you they wouldn’t take the drugs if anyone offered to them for cancer! That tells me a lot about modern medicine, steer clear of it!


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