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Reported March 27, 2014

Could Peaches Stop Breast Cancer?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – An anti-oxidant found in peaches may help stop the growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a new study from Washington State University and Texas A&M University.

Having already found a compound present in peaches and plums could subdue breast cancer cells in a petri dish, researchers tested the ability of the compound in live mice. They injected mice with breast cancer cells, then fed them varying amounts of peach polyphenols, which plants use to protect against UV radiation from the sun. After 12 days, the mice that were fed the highest amounts of polyphenols had smaller tumors and less of the blood vessel production and enzymes tumors need to spread.

"Having enough fruits and vegetables that can provide these compounds in our diet, we might have a similar preventive effect," study lead Giuliana Noratto, WSU assistant professor of food science, was quoted as saying. "I would do three peaches a day.”

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SOURCE: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, March 2014

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