OROGOLD24K – Caffeine Mixed With Gold Might Help To Fight Cancer, says reports
Gold is considered to be ranked among the most useful minerals that can be found on earth. Its usefulness is derived from a variety of unique properties that have made it so precious to mankind. Gold conducts electricity, is extremely malleable, can be hammered into sheets, alloys with numerous other metals, can be transformed into shapes and has a beautiful color and a majestic luster. Gold is also known to be extremely valuable in the fiscal markets, as jewelry and as an ornament.
However, researchers have managed to come up with yet another use for this precious metal. Although gold was constantly associated with health care for generations, there was no concrete proof of the same until late. In the year 2008, a study that was published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology showed how gold salts could ease arthritis pain and also help out with other inflammatory diseases. Now, according to a report that appeared in the Inorganic Chemistry Journal in the first quarter of 2014, a study combined a caffeine-based compound with gold and found it to offer promising results as an anticancer agent. This leads to the assumption that this combination could someday be used as an anti-cancer agent.
Caffeine might be known for its side effects such as restlessness and increased heart rates, but it has also become popular of late for having a good side to it. Researcher Angela Casini from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and her colleagues have noted that although caffeine might serve as a solution to anti-cancer treatments, it wasn’t practical to have people drink gallons of coffee or energy drinks because of the fact that caffeine attacks healthy cells at the same rate at which it attacks cancerous ones. On the other hand, research has also shown that gold can wipe out cancerous and normal cells as well. So researchers put the two together in order to verify whether or not the new caffeine – gold compound could help in stopping the growth of cancer cells without harming other cells in the body.
According to reports, the study was conducted using a total of 7 new compounds that have been named caffeine based gold (I) N-heterocyclic carbenes. The researchers discovered that when particular concentrations were used, one of these compounds managed to kill human ovarian cancer cells without causing any damage to the healthy cells in the body. Moreover, this new compound only targeted a type of DNA architecture that is known as the G-quadruplex, something which is commonly associated with cancer.
This breakthrough has had a tremendous impact in the medical world as a cure to cancer still remains to be found. The breakthrough also showcases yet another use for gold, a compound that is not just known for its intrinsic value, but is now being recognized for its medicinal value as well.
To learn more about the study, please click on <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140226101827.htm>.