All-Natural Weapon in the War Against Ovarian Cancer

A study published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer shows that fermented wheat germ extract (FWGE) is effective in killing a wide range of ovarian cancer cells while simultaneously enhancing the cancer-fighting qualities of certain chemotherapy treatments. Previous human clinical studies with FWGE have shown it can significantly improve survival in melanoma, colorectal, and oral cancer patients, and lessen the side effects of chemotherapy in pediatric cancer patients.

Lead author of the study, Patricia Judson, MD, gynecologic oncologist and researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, published more than 40 research articles that have examined standards of cancer treatments including radiation and chemotherapy. Judson says she is most excited about the promise fermented wheat germ extract has shown.

“The results of this study greatly exceeded my expectations,” said Dr. Judson. “We have proven that Avemar (FWGE) has the ability to kill cancer cells in the petri dish, and that it enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments.”

According to the study, the team’s findings “confirm the value of Avemar as a natural product with anticancer properties that also enhances the activity of existing therapeutic agents. Furthermore, our findings provide substantial insights into the molecular basis of FWGE’s effect on human cancer cells.”