Usually we sell direct to people who want okra, but this particular day
we had an overstock, and it turned out both Farmer Brown’s and Carter’s did, too,
so this 25 pounds of prime okra went to Second Harvest.
We’ve got about 7 pounds of okra left over today after somebody couldn’t take it.
So if you want it, let us know, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or comment on the blog or web page.
We also have okra chips.
Okra of two sizes, okra chips, eggplants,
basil, rosemary, collard seeds, mustard seeds, and the
last of the corn meal, all at Valdosta Farm Days today 9AM to 1PM
at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse, 100 East Central Ave., Valdosta GA. Continue reading →
Well, this is unexpected.
Recent research shows a compound in okra
“promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat human breast cancer.”
The anti-tumor effects of a newly-discovered lectin, isolated from
okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL), were investigated in human
breast cancer (MCF7) and skin fibroblast (CCD-1059 sk) cells. AEL
induced significant cell growth inhibition (63 %) in MCF7 cells. The
expression of pro-apoptotic caspase-3, caspase-9, and p21 genes was
increased in MCF7 cells treated with AEL, compared to those treated
with controls. In addition, AEL treatment increased the Bax/Bcl-2
ratio in MCF7 cells. Flow cytometry also indicated that cell death
(72 %) predominantly occurred through apoptosis. Thus, AEL in its
native form promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast
cancer cells and may represent a potential therapeutic to combat
human breast cancer.
Don’t get your hopes up about that 72% figure: that seems to be
that when cancer cell death occurred, 72% of it was related,
not that 72% of cancer cells were killed.
The 63% cancer cell growth inhibition does seem promising, though.
There are even hints in another paper that okra may be related to lower rates of prostate cancer: Continue reading →