Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive form of leukemia, and can have high mortality rates. But now, it’s possible that the avocado could help researchers develop a drug to increase life expectancy and quality of life for patients suffering from AML.

Leukemia stem cells are the cells that drive disease development, and unfortunately, it’s these cells that are responsible for the disease relapsing. It doesn’t seem that an avocado would have much hope against cancer cells, but it turns out that there is a lipid in avocados that targets these stem cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed!

Scientists have derived molecules from avocados to create a new compound, called avocatin B. After evaluating avocatin B in the laboratory as well as through animal studies, the hope is that it will be available to cancer patients. Read more about this research here.

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