Nuts reduce the risk of colon cancer

Posted on7 Years ago

Now, a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut Health and the Jackson Genomic Medicine Laboratory have discovered one more: nuts can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, the world's third most common cancer.

For their research, scientists experimented with a group of mice they fed nuts (the nuts accounted for between 7-10.5% of their total calories each day, the equivalent of about 30 grams of this dried fruit). The results of this diet revealed fewer cases of colon cancer.

"Our results show for the first time that nut consumption can reduce the development of colon tumors,"says Daniel W. Rosenberg of the University of Connecticut Health and a job leader.

This positive effect of one of the most nutritious and healthy foods out there may be due to its monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as having significant amounts of vitamin E and minerals. A handful of nuts contain almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of another hard-shelled dried fruit.

"There is no evidence that nut intake can offer a variety of benefits related to issues like cancer. But this study shows that nuts can also act as a probiotic so that the colon stays healthy,which in turn offers protection against colon cancer," Rosenberg says.

Source: http://www.muyinteresante.es/

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