How These Common Foods are Helping You Fight Prostate Cancer

Love baked apples, curry and red grapes? You could be doing your body a favor.

New research from the University of Texas at Austin has discover some great things, when it comes to healthy eating.  We all know that eating a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables with antioxidants is a good approach to take. New research has shown that certain foods go even further.  They contain natural compounds that prevent the growth of prostate cancer, the most common cancer affecting men in the U.S.

“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.”

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Researchers tested 142 natural compounds on mouse and human cells to see which ones would inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. The most effective active ingredients were found in ursolic acid, a waxy natural chemical found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, which is found in turmeric; and resveratrol, a natural compound in red grapes and some berries.

The research is welcome news as over 11% of men in the U.S will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

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While chemically derived drugs remain an important part of treating cancer researchers say, different combinations of these compounds present naturally in food can also be pretty powerful.

Time for some green apple curry and some blueberry crumble pie.

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