Mediterranean Diet Prevents Cancer Cells’ Growth – Study

Posted on May 22, 2013 | by

There is no denying the fact that Mediterranean diet full of plant based foods helps in preventing various diseases. After all, the food you eat has a direct impact on your health.

A recent study led by Ohio State University researchers found that a compound in certain plant-based foods, known as apigenin, could stop breast cancer cells.

“We see here that the beneficial effect on health is attributed to this dietary nutrient affecting many proteins. In its relationship with a set of specific proteins, apigenin re-establishes the normal profile in cancer cells. We think this can have great value clinically as a potential cancer-prevention strategy,” said Andrea Doseff, associate professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at Ohio State, who co-authored the study.

Here are the excerpts from the article published in Science Daily:

“New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells’ “superpower” to escape death.”

“Much of what is known about the health benefits of nutrients is based on epidemiological studies that show strong positive relationships between eating specific foods and better health outcomes, especially reduced heart disease…. Parsley, celery and chamomile tea are the most common sources of apigenin, but it is found in many fruits and vegetables.”

Read the rest of the article here: Science Daily

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