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Do three peaches a day keep breast cancer away?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/27/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Tests on laboratory mice suggest so.

According to a new study, eating three peaches a day could help people beat breast cancer. Research conducted by U.S. scientists have found that treatments with peach extract appeared to inhibit the spread of breast cancer when tested on mice.

'You need to eat the whole fruit to get its full benefits, not just the juice, to get the fiber,' nutritionist Ian Marber says. 'Variety is very important but there is certainly no bad side to eating three peaches a day.'

"You need to eat the whole fruit to get its full benefits, not just the juice, to get the fiber," nutritionist Ian Marber says. "Variety is very important but there is certainly no bad side to eating three peaches a day."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/27/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Peaches, breast cancer, nutrition


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, a food scientist at Texas-based AgriLife Research, shared the results in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

"Cancer cells were implanted under the skin of mice with an aggressive type of breast cancer cell, the MDA-MB-435, and what we saw was an inhibition of a marker gene in the lungs after a few weeks, indicating an inhibition of metastasis when the mice were consuming the peach extract," he said.

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"Furthermore, after determining the dose necessary to see the effects in mice, it was calculated that for humans it would be equivalent to consuming two to three peaches per day."
 
Breast cancer is the most common malignant disease for women in the western hemisphere. Officials estimate that there were more than 232,000 new cases in the U.S. last year.

"The importance of our findings are very relevant because it shows in vivo the effect that natural compounds, in this case the phenolic compounds in peach, have against breast cancer and metastasis," Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos said.

"It gives opportunity to include in the diet an additional tool to prevent and fight this terrible disease that affects so many people.

"In general, peach fruit has chemical compounds that are responsible for killing cancer cells while not affecting normal cells, as we reported previously, and now we are seeing that this mixture of compounds can inhibit metastasis.

"We are enthusiastic about the idea that perhaps by consuming only two to three peaches a day we can obtain similar effects in humans. However, this will have to be the next step in the study for its confirmation."

Although the initial findings of the study were encouraging, he urged people to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to get the best health results.

"You need to eat the whole fruit to get its full benefits, not just the juice, to get the fiber," nutritionist Ian Marber says. "Variety is very important but there is certainly no bad side to eating three peaches a day."

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