Eating These Foods May Help Stop Prostate Cancer In Its Tracks
They may actually shrink the tumours
Your diet choice doesn’t just influence whether you stay slim or start growing a gut—it may also play a role in what’s going on inside your body at a cellular level, too. That’s why experts have been paying extra close attention to the relationship between certain foods and cancer.
Now, a new discovery adds further support to the theory that your diet can protect against cancer: Certain compounds found in common foods may actually thwart the growth of prostate cancer, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found.
First, the researchers tested 142 natural compounds that occur in food on mice and human prostate cancer cell lines. Then, they tested the most promising of these compounds on animals with the disease.
Their conclusion? Ursolic acid, which is found in apple peels and rosemary, curcumin, from the curry spice turmeric, and resveratrol, an antioxidant in red grapes or berries were most effective at hampering prostate cancer cell growth.
Interesting, they also found that these three compounds worked particularly well together. Combining ursolic acid with resveratrol or curcumin prevents the cancer cells from taking in an amino acid called glutamine, which fuels the cancer’s growth, the researchers said in a press release.
The researchers believe that if they increase the concentrations of these compounds beyond what you’d eat in a normal diet, it can provide a non-toxic way to starve—or even prevent—prostate cancer, they say.
Still, the research was preliminary—larger-scale human studies must be done to confirm its benefit.
Originally published on menshealth.com