As I continue to research and learn more about canine cancer, I wanted to share a blog I read by Drs. Demian Dressler and Susan Ettinger. In their latest post, they discuss the benefits of luteolin for fighting canine cancer. Luteolin is a flavonoid that is found in plants — think of the thin, red skin that surrounds peanuts, for example. Here are some of the benefits they outline:
- Enhances the process of apoptosis that is hindered in cancer cells
- Helps reduce cancer tumor size
- Delays tumor development
- Increases tumor sensitivity to cancer chemotherapy drugs
For those not familiar with apoptosis, this is also called “cell death,” and is the process by which cells naturally die off. If cells for some reason don’t die off and continue to grow, they become a potential breeding ground for cancer to develop.
If you are interested in adding luteolin to your dog’s diet, I would recommend consulting your veterinarian for appropriate brands and doses for your individual situation.