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Walnuts could prevent prostate cancer

American researchers yesterday announced the findings of a study which saw the growth of prostate tumours in mice reduced by 30-40% when the animals were fed walnuts every day. Researcher Paul Davis hopes that the nuts can have the same effects on tumours in men.

The animals were fed the human equivalent of 2.4oz per day – about 14 whole walnuts, rather than a supplement like extract. A control group of mice were fed soya bean oil.

 Scientists believe that the secret lies in walnuts’ ability to reduce levels of endothelin, a substance that increases inflammation of the blood vessels.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second highest killer after lung cancer. 35, 000 Britons are diagnosed with it each year and 10, 000 of those will die from the disease. The causes of prostate cancer are not known, although a fatty diet that is low in fruit and vegetables is implicated.

Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and other plant chemicals. They are known to decrease the risk of heart disease and they have been shown to help prevent breast cancer. Adding walnuts to a whole food diet that is low in saturated fat, sugar and processed foods, but high in fruit and vegetables is the best way to prevent prostate cancer.

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Categories Cancer, In the news, Latest Research

Drinking 2 cans of fizzy pop a week can increase your chances of having pancreatic cancer by 100%

The results of a study carried out on 60,000 Singapore based men and women for over a decade have been published in ‘Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention’ this month. Dr Mark Pereira and his colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis were looking at the effects of drinking sugary fizzy drinks on health. They found that people who drink two or more cans each week are twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

Dr Pereira suggetst that the sugar in the fizzy drinks causes insulin levels to rise and this fuels the growth of pancreatic cancers. No significant association was found between drinking fruit juice and developing pancreatic cancer.

The authors believe that the results should be applicable to the West, as we have affluence and an excellent health care system in common with Singapore.

Fizzy drinks are full of empty calories and have very little nutritional value. Switching to fruit juice adds vitamins and minerals to the diet. As it is quite high in sugar, it is beneficial to dilute juice with water for a refreshing drink that does not raise blood sugar too sharply.

To talk about other ways to improve your diet and your health, why not book a consultation with Smart Nutrition?

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Marvellous Mangoes

New research suggests that mango may be effective in preventing or halting breast or colon cancers. The American National Mango Board commissioned a variety of studies which tested the effects of mango polyphenol extracts in the laboratory on colon, breast, lung, leukaemia and prostate cancers. Mango showed some impact on lung, leukaemia and prostate cancers, but was particularly effective on breast and colon cancers. Importantly, the mango polyphenols did not harm normal cells.

The study found that the cell cycle was interrupted, providing crucial information on how the cancer cells may be stopped. The researchers suggest that mango polyphenols may prevent cells from mutating or becoming damaged.

The researchers hope to undertake a small clinical trial with individuals who have intestinal inflammation with an increased risk of cancer.

Mangoes are enjoyed in many parts of the world, but little has been known about their health attributes. They are low in antioxidants when compared with blueberries, acai or pomegranates, but it appears that they may have previously undetected anti-cancer properties. They are fantastic eaten raw: a mango hedgehog can be enjoyed by children as a healthy dessert, or the spikes can be removed and put into a fruit salad.  Mango can be added to smoothies and lassi or why not try this delicious low sugar cake made with dried mango?

Banana and Mango Cake

75g (2½oz) chopped dried mango

175g (6oz) wholemeal self-raising flour

50g (2oz) desiccated coconut

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

125g unsalted butter, melted

3 bananas, mashed

2 eggs, free range

50g (2oz) caster sugar or xylitol

10-12 no added sugar banana chips

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and base line a 20cm/8inch cake tin.

2. Place the mango in a small bowl and pour over boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes and then drain thoroughly.

3. Place the flour, coconut, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in the mango pieces.

4. Place the melted butter, bananas, eggs and sugar in a liquidiser and blend until smooth. Add to the flour and mix thoroughly.

5. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and decorate with the banana chips.

6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then on a wire rack.

To make a mango hedgehog, slice down each side of a mango from top to bottom, close to the stone, so you have two ‘almost halves’ with a middle slice clinging to the stone (you may find that the children fight over who gets this bit!). Cut across the flesh of each mango half in parallel lines, carefully so as not to cut through the skin. Now cut across these lines in the same way, so you have criss-crossed flesh with the skin intact. Turn the skin in on itself so you have a mound of spikes to decorate with raisins for eyes and a nose.

Mango Blueberry Smoothie, adapted from a recipe by MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN , published: January 27, 2010 in The New York Times

This drink is similar to lassi, made tangy with buttermilk (or yogurt), mango and spoonful of lime juice. If you want to make a nondairy version, use almond milk or rice milk.

1 heaped cup ripe mango, fresh or frozen

1 cup buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt, or for a nondairy version almond or rice milk

2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice (to taste)

6 raw almonds (untoasted)

2 or 3 ice cubes if desired

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.

Categories Cancer, In the news, Latest Research

Pomegranate may slow breast cancer

Recent research has shown that an ingredient in pomegranates may help to slow the growth of breast cancer. In a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, ellagitannins in the fruit were found to inhibit an enzyme called aromatase in laboratory tests. Aromatase helps the body to produce oestrogen, which stimulates the growth of cancer cells. Drugs known as aromatase inhibitors are used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

High levels of ellagitannin compounds were used in the study and it is not known if these levels could be achieved in animals or humans. However, Professor Stoner, of the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University suggested that people should ‘consider consuming more pomegranates to protect against cancer development in the breast and perhaps in other tissues and organs.’

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C , vitamin B5, potassium and antioxidant polyphenols. Research has also shown that pomegranate juice can reduce systolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients and reduce heart disease risk factors. The seeds of the fruit also provide fibe and unsaturated fat.