Nuts Suppress Cancer Growth, Study Says
Research has long touted the health benefits of nuts—from reducing heart disease and diabetes risks, to promoting weight loss—and now a new study shows nuts also can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This protective effect is thought to be due, at least in part, to substances in nuts that activate the body's defense against DNA damage.
Five types of nuts were included in the recent study: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. Researchers artificially "digested" the nuts in test tubes and then analyzed the effects of the digested matter on cells. They found the nuts had a protective effect and induced cancer cell death.
According to researchers, each type of nut tested proved beneficial. More studies are needed to determine if roasting—a process most nuts undergo before they are bought by consumers—has any effect on the anti-cancer properties found in them.
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