anti-cancer effect of ….. vulture meat?
That traditional medicine systems use herbs (plant products) is well known. Less well known is the widespread use of animal products in many traditional healing systems. The article below presents research on a (surprising, at least to me) example of this. Note that this is posted for educational purposes only; I don’t recommend eating vultures.
Biological effects of aqueous extract from Turkey vulture Cathartes aura (Cathartidae) meat
Maria del Rosario Jacobo-Salcedo et al.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume 145, Issue 2, 30 January 2013, Pages 663–666
Cathartes aura is a bird used in the Mexican traditional medicine for the empirical treatment of cancer, injuries, infections and burns.
Materials and methods
The in vitro immunomodulatory effects of Cathartes aura extract (CAE) were evaluated estimating its effects on proliferation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and murine splenocytes. The effects of CAE (1–200 μg/ml) on NO production, pinocytosis and lysosomal enzyme activity were assayed in murine macrophages RAW 264.7. The cytotoxic effects of CAE (1–500 μg/ml) on tumorigenic and non tumorigenic cells were evaluated using the MTT assay.
In the absence of LPS, CAE induced the proliferation of murine splenocytes (119%), enhanced the pinocytosis (113%) and lysosomal enzyme activity (141%) in murine macrophages with a similar potency than lypopolisaccharides 1 μg/ml. In addition, CAE exerted cytotoxic effects mainly on human cervical cancer cells (IC50=117 μg/ml) but lacked toxic effects on non tumorigenic cells (IC50>500 μg/ml).
Cathartes aura exerts immunostimulatory and cytotoxic activities
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