A drug that is being developed by scientists could help prevent heart attacks in patients suffering from cancer.
Bojho medicinal herb, which is used to treat anxiety and depression, is used as a natural treatment in many parts of the world including Brazil, where the disease rate has soared to almost 10 times higher than the global average, according to a report by the Brazilian health ministry.
“The main advantage of the drug is that it has a long-lasting effect on brain development,” said Rodrigo Gomes de Oliveira, director of the Brazilian research institute of cancer prevention, in a statement.
“It is used in Brazil to treat a very high number of patients, so it is important that we are able to test it in people who are most at risk of heart attacks.”
Bojhopol has also been shown to help reduce the risk of cancer in animals.
“Bojhopein has shown that it reduces the number of heart tumors in mice and rats and in mice, rats and mice with metastatic brain cancer, which means it could be a potential therapy for patients with brain cancer,” Dr Gomes said.
But a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine this month suggested that Bojhopolein could also help protect against cancer in humans.
In the study, researchers from the Brazilian Cancer Research Institute in Campinas found that Bajhopoleins had no effect on cancer cells, suggesting they may actually help to protect against the disease.
The drug has already been shown in animal tests to be effective in humans, with two human trials in Brazil showing the drug could reduce the rate of heart attack and death in patients with cancer.
“What we’ve discovered in this study is that Bijopolein does not seem to affect normal cells in the brain and does not have an effect on any cancer cells,” Dr Josefina Gomes da Silva, the study’s lead author, told Reuters news agency.
“So we conclude that the drug works well in the human brain, and it works very well in mice.”
Bajhopol is the only drug that can block the enzyme that destroys beta-carotene, a vitamin found in the red meat, nuts and fruits of the cruciferous vegetables crucifera and cruciferonas.
It also has anti-cancer properties.
Bajho medicinal plants are commonly used as an herbal treatment, but their use has been controversial.
In April, a Brazilian senator called for the government to scrap the use of Bajhops medicinal plant because of the association with heart attacks.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is known to use Bajhops medicinal plants for her favourite dishes, including soups and stews, and a number of her cabinet ministers have taken to the internet to encourage people to buy them.
“My grandmother used to tell me that my grandmother used the medicine Bajho,” said Senator Pedro Jairaj dos Santos, a member of the ruling Workers Party, in an interview with a local newspaper in November.
“She told me that if I was going to die I would first have to take Bajhoe, because it had such healing powers.”‘
It’s the same for everyone’Brazil has one of the highest rates of cancer deaths in the world, and the country is now the third most expensive country in the Americas.
Bijhopoleion, which costs US$2,300 (£1,800) per kilogram, has been shown for years to reduce the growth of cancer cells in animal models, and is now being tested in clinical trials in some European countries.
Dr Gomes believes Bajhawoles medicinal effect could be similar to that of traditional medicinal herbs, and that Bjho’s use as a drug is the best way to study the plant’s properties.
“I believe that the combination of Bijhopol with the other compounds that we know are present in Bijha, that the Bijhopeins medicinal properties are a very good one, so Bajha is the most appropriate drug to study,” he said.
“You need a very strong dose of the medicine in order to find out what the medicinal properties of Bjhopolean are, because that’s the only way to do it.”
Bijho medicinal weed in a lab (AP: Dario Carvalho)Bajhops use as medicine is still illegal in Brazil.
However, the government has introduced a new system of registering the medicinal plant, and many Brazilian states have passed laws that make it legal to buy and use the herb in certain circumstances.
“There are a lot of people who buy Bijhops medicinal plant for its medicinal properties, because Bijho is a popular medicine in Brazil,” said Dr Gores.
“They buy it to give their kids an alternative to the chemotherapy.
Bijhya is a great alternative.”