Could the cure for cancer be found in breast milk? According to Swedish researchers at the Lund, University in Gottenburg, Sweden, breast milk contains a compound that can kill cancer cells. This compound called HAMLET is short for Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor Cells – and is a fatty acid and protein combination that's naturally found in breast milk. It was discovered several years ago when researchers were conducting experiments on breast milk to determine how well it kills bacteria.
Does HAMLET really destroy cancer cells? When this protein-fatty acid complex from breast milk was administered to people with bladder cancer, it caused destruction of bladder cancer cells. A study published in the Journal of Urology even showed that it delayed the development of bladder cancer.
HAMLET is effective not only for bladder cancer, but it kills cancer cells of other types as well. Researchers estimate it can destroy cancer cells in up to forty different types of cancers – and can do it without harming normal, non-cancerous tissues. Although it binds to both cancerous tissue and normal, healthy tissue, it's only able to enter cancer cells where it exerts its destructive effect. The fact that it destroys cancer cells of a variety of different types – not just bladder cancer – means it could have benefits for treating cancer patients with various forms of the disease.
Over eleven million people are living with cancer – making it one of the most common diseases diagnosed in this country. Although the death rate for some cancers is dropping, there's still the need for safer treatments that are less toxic to normal, healthy tissue – and HAMLET seems to meet this criteria. Many drugs used to treat cancer destroy healthy tissue too which leads to many unwanted chemotherapy side effects such as nausea, fatigue, anemia, and hair loss – making it a very unpleasant experience for cancer patients.
The bottom line? This natural compound found in breast milk looks promising because it kills cancer cells without harming normal, living tissue – and does so without the side effects of conventional cancer chemotherapy. Of course, more research is needed before this treatment becomes mainstream, but it's good to know that this natural ingredient found in breast milk has the power to kill cancer cells safely and naturally.