University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Researchers Discover Molecular Component of Cinnamon Prevents Colorectal Cancer in Mice

News Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Research conducted at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the UA Cancer Center indicates that a compound derived from cinnamon is a potent inhibitor of colorectal cancer.

Georg Wondrak, PhD, associate professor, and Donna Zhang, PhD, professor, both of the UA College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, recently completed a study in which they proved that adding cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, to the diet of mice protected the mice against colorectal cancer. In response to cinnamaldehyde, the animals’ cells had acquired the ability to protect themselves against exposure to a carcinogen through detoxification and repair. Read More