BIRÓ1, A. Preliminary tests suggest that beetroot ingestion can be one of the useful means to prevent lung and skin cancer.
Other studies have shown that beet juice inhibits the formation of cancer causing compounds called nitrosamines. It is well documented, that serum levels of several cytokines and growth factors are increased and IL-2 is decreased in the presence of metastasis in lymph nodes and bones.
Our aim was to test the impact of regular beetroot Beta vulgaris L. Patients and methods: 18 age range 68±8 patients with metastatic prostate cancer during chemotherapy started to consume beetroot in the form of powder for one month.
Serum levels of 9 cytokines and 3 growth factors were assessed before initiation, then after completion of the study. PSA and routine laboratory investigations were also performed. It was a beneficial effect. These were disadvantageous results.
These were hopeful results. But increased EGF levels draw attention to the fact, that further investigations and correlation analysis must be performed, in which patient beneficial effect observed.