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Apples show great promise in fight against pancreatic cancer...

by , 08 April 2013

Research done at UCLA has revealed a potential powerful weapon in the war against pancreatic cancer - one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, shows that a specific antioxidant compound in apples can slow the growth and curb the spread of pancreatic cells in mice. Further studies are needed to determine if the compound can treat or prevent cancer in humans... But these results are promising.  
Antioxidants to the rescue again
Each year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... And, unfortunately, for most, by the time it’s detected, there’s little that can be done.
Pancreatic cancer is often termed a silent disease because it's hard to detect and diagnose... And nearly impossible to treat unless it's caught really early. 
And, that’s what makes prevention efforts even more important.
The UCLA researchers wanted to examine the preventative effects of natural antioxidants on pancreatic cancer. They knew that quercetin, a potent antioxidant in apples, had shown promising cancer-fighting potential for other types of cancer. So they set out to investigate how quercetin and three other food-derived compounds impact pancreatic cancer specifically.
The study was divided into two phases. The first phase measured the effects of quercetin on pancreatic cancer in a strain of mice specially bred to have no immune system
Human pancreatic cells were introduced into the mice and cancer cells injected. 
The mice treated with quercetin survived an average of 34% longer than the untreated mice. The quercetin inhibited the spread of malignant cells and also triggered the cancer cells to self destruct.
The second phase of the study investigated the effects of different plant-based polyphenols on pancreatic cancer cells. 
Rutin - found in green tea, genistein - found in soybeans, trans-resveratrol - found in grapes and wine and quercetin were each added to pancreatic cancer cells in a laboratory.
All the polyphenols exhibited potent cancer-fighting properties except for rutin. 
In both phases of the study, the researchers concluded that polyphenol antioxidants, like quercetin, can inhibit pancreatic cancer growth.
There are steps you can take to avoid pancreatic cancer. Research has shown that lifestyle changes like stopping smoking and losing weight, in the case of obesity, can significantly decrease your risk of pancreatic cancer. 
And now this research shows that eating more apples, and adding more natural antioxidants into your meals, could be another important step.
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