There’s new soft, fuzzy hope for the fight against breast cancer.
Peaches may contain a weapon that inhibits the spread of the disease, according to recent research conducted in mice, reports the Daily Mail.
“Cancer cells were implanted under the skin of mice with an aggressive type of breast cancer cell, the MDA-MB-435, and what we saw was an inhibition of a marker gene in the lungs after a few weeks, indicating an inhibition of metastasis when the mice were consuming the peach extract,'” Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, a food scientist at Texas-based AgriLife Research, wrote in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
The effective dose, when calculated for a human’s size, would equal three peaches a day, or a dietary supplement of peach polyphenol powder, according to a release from Washington State University. WSU food scientist Giuliana Noratto worked on the study with Cisneros-Zevallos.
“The importance of our findings are very relevant because it shows in vivo the effect that natural compounds, in this case the phenolic compounds in peach, have against breast cancer and metastasis,” Cisneros-Zevallos wrote.
In related news, a derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology.