Eating Apples Cut Breast Cancer in Tests
A new study conducted at Cornell University suggests that eating an apple a day can keep breast cancer away, and that eating apples (and other fruits and vegetables) is more effective at preventing cancer than taking supplements. The reason for this is what is now being called “food synergy” -- the unique mix of balanced, complex chemical components found in foods.
The study showed that in rats with known mammary carcinogens that consumed whole apple extracts at the equivalent of one, three or six apples a day reduced tumor incidence by 17, 39 and 44 percent, respectively.
This study is just more evidence that phytochemicals (plant chemicals found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains) have potent antioxidant and anticancer activities. The study’s author, Rui Hai Lui, Cornell associate professor of food science, published another study in the journal Nature five years ago, which showed that fresh apples inhibit human liver and colon cancer cell growth. Again he credited the anti-cancer activity of phytochemicals. “This balanced natural combination of phytochemicals present in fruits and vegetables cannot simply be mimicked by dietary supplements,” Liu explains.
Source: Alternative Medicine Online
Writer: Bastyr staff writer