Scientist may have just discovered an effective means to protect women from developingbreast cancer and it is consuming walnuts daily. During a lab test, scientists at the Virginia-based Marshall University have found that animals that consumed reasonable amount ofwalnuts every day faced considerably less risks of developing breast cancer.
Elaine Hardman, Ph.D., evaluated the health of mice that were fed a common diet and a diet containing substantial amounts of walnut throughout their lives in the laboratory. During the course of their study, the scientists fed the mice 2 oz of walnut daily.
It was found that mice whose diet included walnut faced lesser risks of breast cancer compared to those that were given a standard diet. Even if mice taking a diet containing walnut develop breast cancer, the size as well as number of tumours was lesser than those experienced by the mice taking normal diets.
According to Hardman, the reductions in occurrence of breast cancer as well as their size and number are particularly significant when one takes into account the fact that the mice used for the laboratory experiments were genetically programmed in a way that they chances of developing breast cancer were high. She said that they were successful in lessening the chances of developing breast cancer despite the presence of a genetic mutation that existed from before.
Using food as a remedy
Walnuts contain elevated levels of nutrients that combat diseases and, hence, supply our body with healthy amounts of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers attributed the unique benefits of regular consumption of walnuts in preventing and combating breast cancer to the blend of vitamin E and healthy fats.
A press communique issued by the university said that the Marshall study employed the genetic analysis method to find that a diet containing walnut altered the action of multiplegenes that are associated with breast cancer in mice as well as humans. Other experiments demonstrated that augmentation in supplies of omega-3 fatty acids did not have absolute anti-cancer results. The growth of tumours decreased when supplies of vitamin E were increased through regular diets.
Hardman was of the view that their findings established the important role of diet in health as well as preventing various diseases. She said that food is a vital medicine, as what we consume not only determines the manner in which our body will function, but also the body’s response to good health and illness. She believes that doing simple things is effective for our health and advises us to eat the right things, move around a little and not to sit on the couch and watch television for prolonged periods of time.
The study undertaken by researchers at the Marshall University in Virginia was jointly financed by the American Institute for Cancer Research as well as the California Walnut Commission.