Eating walnuts, turns out to be a powerful defense against breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Virginia discovered lab animals eating a regular diet that included a modest amount of the nut had a significantly reduced breast cancer risk.
The effects of a standard diet as well as a diet containing walnuts throughout the lifespan of mice were compared. The quantity of walnuts used in the study was the equivalent of 2 ounces of walnuts per day for a human.
The mice who consumed the walnuts diet had much lower breast cancer rates, half in comparison to those in the standard diet group. In addition, the numbers and sizes of the tumors were substantially smaller.
The fact that the mice were genetically programmed to develop cancer at a high rate makes these reductions even more important. The reduce of the risk for cancer happened in the presence of a preexisting genetic mutation.
Food as medicine
Walnuts are rich in disease-fighting nutrients like omega-3 fatty and vitamin E. The combination of healthy fats and vitamin E are responsible for the exceptional protective benefit against cancer.
The walnut-containing diet changed the activity of multiple genes that are relevant to breast cancer in both mice and humans, which were proven using genetic analysis. Only having an increase in omega 3 fatty acids did not produce the anti-cancer effect. Tumor growth decreased when dietary vitamin E increased together with the omega 3.
It proves once again that diet plays a crucial role in health and the prevention of disease.
Food is an important medicine. What we put into our bodies determines how the body functions and its reaction to illness and health. Eat right, get off the couch, and start moving more.
Healthy fats containing omega 3 and vitamin E are extremely important for our overall health.
The decades -long slogan that fat is bad, has been devastating the health of many. Of course, not all fats are good,
Trans fats especially need to be avoided, and too much unsaturated fats are is not good either. Saturated fats like in butter and coco soil are among the best fats you can eat.