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3 unusual prostate cancer-killing foods

New research from the University of Texas at Austin has uncovered 3 unusual prostate cancer-killing foods that you may not expect.

According to Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, “Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men.” The prostate is a vital part of the male reproductive system, as it generates and stores semen. As we age, the risk for developing prostate cancer increases, so it is important to maintain a healthy prostate.

The new research found compounds in foods like turmeric, apple skins, and red grapes that may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

The study used a new approach by testing multiple plant compounds for anti-cancer effects, rather than just focusing on one particular compound.

After screening a natural compound library, we developed an unbiased look at combinations of nutrients that have a better effect on prostate cancer than existing drugs,” says corresponding author Stefano Tiziani, assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dell Pediatric Research Institute at UT Austin. “The beauty of this study is that we were able to inhibit tumor growth in mice without toxicity.”

The researchers tested 142 different compounds on mouse and human cells to find which ones inhibited prostate cancer growth individually or combined with other substances.

The following were the most promising compounds:

Ursolic acid: substance found in apple skins
Curucumin: active ingredient in Indian spice – turmeric
Resveratrol: compound found in grapes

These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available,” says Tiziani. “We only need to increase concentration beyond levels found in a healthy diet for an effect on prostate cancer cells.”

The study showing 3 unusual prostate cancer-killing foods was published in the journal Precision Oncology.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Starving Prostate Cancer with What You Eat: Apple Peels, Red Grapes, Turmeric.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 06 June 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.
2. “Combinatorial Treatment with Natural Compounds in Prostate Cancer Inhibits Prostate Tumor Growth and Leads to Key Modulations of Cancer Cell Metabolism.” Nature News. Nature Publishing Group, 05 June 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.

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