In March, 2005, a major nutritional breakthrough in fight against breast cancer was announced by U.S. scientists. This new information is absolutely critical for every woman looking for a natural way to reduce breast cancer risk.
Researchers at Cornell University found that extracts from ordinary apples "effectively inhibited mammary cancer growth" in laboratory animals. The study concluded that "consumption of apples may be an effective strategy for cancer prevention."
The study, "Apples Prevent Mammary Tumors in Rats," was published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Phytochemicals from apples- known as polyphenols- have previously shown effectiveness against colon, lung, liver and stomach cancer, among others. But this is first published study showing that apple polyphenols may be even more effective against breast cancer tumors.
Beyond Breast Cancer Prevention?
In recent study, treatment with apple extracts prevented new tumor formation by up to 44% in animals given highest amount.
But most startling finding- and by far most significant- is this: after 6 months of treatment, number of existing tumors was reduced by 61%.
This remarkable finding indicates that adequate doses of apple polyphenols may go beyond prevention, and actually reduce existing mammary tumors.
What Can This Mean for You?
The researchers at Cornell believe that apple polyphenols may prevent breast cancer in humans. If this were only study available, it might be too early to recommend increased doses of apple phytochemicals.
However, there are multiple studies in different types of cancer, showing that apple polyphenols are anti-proliferative, anti-mutagenic, and highly antioxidant. Consistent results have been obtained in studies on skin cancer, lung cancer, and six other types of human cancer cells.