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Eating apples may help beat breast cancer, research has shown.
By Ben Leach Telegraph UK
American researchers found that apple extract given to rats slowed the growth of adenocarcinoma tumours, the biggest cause of
breast-cancer deaths. The more apple the rats were given, the more the growth of the tumours was inhibited, according to the study, which was was backed by the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Professor Rui Hai Liu, of Cornell University's Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, in New York said: "We not only observed that the treated animals had fewer tumours, but the tumours were smaller, less malignant and grew more slowly compared with the tumours in untreated rats."
In a group denied apples, 81 per cent of rats suffered rapid tumour growth whereas the disease multiplied in only 57 per cent of those fed the human equivalent to one apple a day.
In rats fed the equivalent of six a day, tumours proliferated in just 23 per cent, reports the Daily Mail.
The scientists think that the study demonstrates the important role of phytochemicals, known as flavonoids or phenolics, in the diet, because of their 'potent anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative activities' within the body's cells.
Apples are a leading source of flavonoids, as are oranges, grapes, strawberries, plums and bananas.
Professor Liu added: "These studies add to the growing evidence that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, including apples, would provide consumers with more phenolics, which are proving to have important health benefits."
The 24-week study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.