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Study Reveals Recipe For Success in Cancer Fight

Study Reveals Recipe For Success in Cancer Fight

Wednesday, February 14th 2007

Broccoli and tomato slow growth of tumours, say researchers

Eating broccoli and tomatoes together has the potential to slow the growth of prostate tumours.

Experiments in rats show that combining the vegetables instead of eating them separately, or taking lycopene supplements, can help treat the cancer, researchers report in the journal Cancer Research.

The findings show that men hoping to beat or prevent prostate cancer should stick with whole foods, rather than dietary supplements, Kirstie Canene-Adams, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois and the study's lead author, said.

The human equivalent of the study rats' diet would be 2.5 cups of cherry tomatoes, two 7.6cm tomatoes, or one cup of tomato sauce daily along with 1.5 cups of broccoli every day, Canene-Adams said. Epidemiological studies have shown that men who consume that much broccoli and tomato three to five times weekly cut their prostate cancer risk by 30 per cent, she said.

In their study, Canene-Adams and her team fed rats a variety of diets: food supplemented with different concentrations of lycopene, a phyto-chemical contained in tomatoes; tomato powder, broccoli powder; 5 per cent broccoli powder plus 5 per cent tomato powder; or 10 per cent broccoli plus 10 per cent tomato. The animals stayed on their allotted diet for one month before being implanted with prostate tumour tissue.

Other tumour-implanted rats were fed a normal diet but were given the drug finasteride, which is used to treat benign prostate enlargement, while others were castrated.

Tumour growth was slowest in the castrated animals, followed by those given the 10 per cent tomato and 10 per cent broccoli diet. Microscopic studies showed that the most concentrated veggie combination enhanced destruction of tumour cells and slowed their growth.

However, animals given only lycopene did not show a significant reduction in tumour growth.

Canene-Adams pointed out that many men with slow-growing prostate cancers would be monitored by their physician to see if the growth accelerated, before having treatment with drugs, radiation or surgery.

"Diet is maybe something very simple with no side effects, that they can do during this period that will slow the growth of their cancer," she concluded.

Sourced from New Zealand Herald, Thursday 25 January 2007

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Cancer:

Broccoli Sprouts
Ultimate Greens Capsules 120's
Wheat Grass Powder
Carotenoid Complex
Eziak Capsules
Ezziac Tea
Prosgenia A & B
Family C - 300 grams
Lipospheric Vitamin C
Myco Defence

Related health information can be found here:

Acid and alkaline forming foods
Pycnogenol - a powerful antioxidant from pine tree extract
Spirulina - nature's richest whole food source
Vegetable broth
Vegetable juices
Vitamin C is essential for fighting infections, wound healing and coping with stress
Water, the elixir of life

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Dietary Changes Can Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Health-Giving Broccoli the Best of the Bunch
Lifestyle Changes May Prevent or Reverse Prostate Cancer
Revised ACS Guidelines for Nutrition, Exercise for Cancer Survivors
Selenium Boosted In Cancer War

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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