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Tangerine peel 'kills' cancer cells

12th September 2007

Researchers have shown that a compound extracted from tangerine peel can kill certain human cancer cells.

The study, by the team from the Leicester School of Pharmacy, found that Salvestrol Q40 was turned into a toxic compound in cancer cells, destroying them. Salvestrol Q40 is found at higher concentrations in tangerine peel than it is in the flesh of the fruit and the research is suggesting that the modern trend to throw away peel may have contributed to a rise in some cancers.

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