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salvestrols are plant compounds found to help fight human disease


Described as one of the most significant discoveries since vitamins, salvestrols are plant compounds found to help fight human disease…

Salvestrols are found in the skin of fruits and vegetables, but due to modern farming practices – in particular the use of fungicides – their levels have diminished in commercially produced crops. Organic fruits and vegetables have a higher salvestrol content.

These naturally occurring compounds (phytonutrients) fight fungi in fruits and vegetables. They’re also essential for human wellbeing, and are being hailed as having a significantly powerful impact on fighting disease.

Salvestrols were discovered by Professor Gerry Potter, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of the Cancer Drug Discovery Group, at Leicester’s De Montfort University, and Professor Dan Burke, a pharmacologist and former Dean of Science, at the UK’s Sunderland University.

Having spent almost 20 years designing synthetic cancer drugs, Prof Potter discovered that plants have similar compounds that could prove beneficial in the treatment of diseased cells in humans.

How salvestrols fight disease

Salvestrols emerged from a cancer drug discovery programme which has delivered several key pharmaceutical products (including Abirateronea, a breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer). Salvestrols’ effect on humans has since been backed by other prominent scientists.

Case studies on diseased patients who have used salvestrols with positive outcomes, have been published in respected medical journals. South African medical practitioners and patients are also increasingly discovering the incredibly positive effects of salvestrols on disease.

During his research, Prof Burke discovered that diseased cells contain a unique enzyme protein called CYP1B1. He found that salvestrols have a deadly effect on this enzyme, while leaving healthy cells intact. In collaboration with Prof Potter, they discovered that salvestrols exert similar effects to those they were seeking through synthetic pharmaceuticals. As a result, their focus and research is now entirely dedicated to salvestrols.

Potter then coined the name salvestrols from the Latin word salve, meaning ‘to save’, and Burke has described salvestrols as “probably the most significant breakthrough in nutrition since the discovery of vitamins”.

Extensively researched

More than $30 million has gone into the research of salvestrols over the last 15 years, and salvestrols food supplements are now available worldwide including Europe, Australia, the UK, Canada, Japan and now in Southern Africa.

Salvestrols was voted as “the no 1 big idea of the year” in health by Dr John Briffa in the Observer magazine in which he stated that salvestrols could play a key role in cancer research.

The British Daily Mail dedicated an article to salvestrols, and quoted the results of research by Burke and Potter which were published in the British Naturopathic Journal.

There are numerous studies relating to salvestrols, but the following are the most prominent, with case studies:

Evidence that CYP1B1 is a universal tumour marker

Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine article: Nutrition and Cancer: Salvestrol case studies

Nutrition and the prevention and treatment of cancer

How to benefit from this information?

Now that you know levels of salvestrols, found in the skin of fruits and vegetables, are diminished due to the use of fungicides in commercially produced crops, try eating organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.