April 10, 2008 — Scientists from Standard Process Inc. presented two posters at the Experimental Biology conference this week in San Diego.
Dr. Paul Hanlon, manager of discovery science at Standard Process, conducted a series of experiments to examine the effects of different crude carrot extracts on prostate cell proliferation. Research has shown certain pigments inhibit cancer cell proliferation, however little research has been done on the effects of a “crude” extract — an extract that uses the whole food rather than just the carrot pigments.
Experiments were conducted using crude extracts of orange, yellow, red, and white carrots. Hanlon found that while all carrot varieties inhibited prostate cancer cell proliferation, the white carrot variety had the highest level of bioactivity.
Brandon Metzger, a research scientist at Standard Process, investigated the effects of purple carrot on markers of inflammation. Although the purple pigments in fruits and vegetables, called anthocyanins, are usually considered the bioactive phytochemicals, Metzger found that other phytochemicals, called polyacetylene compounds, were responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects in his scientific model.
Source: Standard Process, www.standardprocess.com