We planted a garden yesterday: peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, and okra.Continue reading
Farmacy is today. 1:30-3:30 at Barnes Drugs. Corner of Savannah and Patterson in Valdosta. I will have okra and grits and lots of other delicious stuff. So will Thelma. Don’t miss out.
Okra Paradise Farms
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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.
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Where: Barnes Healthcare Services
200 S Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31601
When: 1-3PM Friday 15 July 2016
Here’s a list of what Gretchen will have for sale at reasonable prices: Continue reading
At the market. Come down and get fresh produce.
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, email@example.com, or comment on the blog or web page. We also have okra chips.
Okra can be hard to find. Here’s an okra plant that I had just picked: Continue reading
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.”
Here’s the abstract, Biotechnol Lett. 2014 Mar;36(3):461-9. doi: 10.1007/s10529-013-1382-4. Epub 2013 Oct 16. Lectin of Abelmoschus esculentus (okra) promotes selective antitumor effects in human breast cancer cells.
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