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Revealed: A powerful ally in stopping oesophageal cancer

by , 22 April 2013

When it comes to your waistline and your health, it's generally accepted that you should stay far, far away from sugar. But when it comes to fighting one of the deadliest cancers, oesophageal cancer, sugar might not be the enemy. Read on to discover why…

There are already a few exceptions when it comes to the ‘stay away from sugar’ rule.

For instance, D-mannose can wipe out a nasty urinary tract infection, polysaccharides can boost your immune system to fight off colds and the flu, and xylitol can help prevent recurring ear infections.

It now looks like there’s another exception to the rule.

Researchers at the Medical Research Council recently found that sugar could be a major player in the fight against a major killer: oesophageal cancer.

Here’s how sugar could be key in fighting oesophageal cancer

“Many people who develop oesophageal cancer start out with Barrett’s dysplasia, in which pre-cancerous cells are present in the oesophagus. This condition usually has to be monitored carefully for progression,” writes Christine O’Brien of Nutrition & Healing.

At the Barrett’s dysplasia stage, cancer can be prevented by removing the pre-cancerous cells. But it’s hard to identify the pre-cancerous cells, and healthy cells can sometimes be mistaken for pre-cancerous cells.

But, this new research shows doctors might be able to forget about monitoring and just plain wipe out the cancer in its tracks.

And this is where sugar comes in.

Sugar could help keep oesophageal cancer at bay

Researchers discovered that they could use a fluorescent tag combined with wheat germ proteins that stick to sugars. The tag lights up abnormal areas during endoscopy.

“This works because, as shown by analysis of sugars in human tissue samples, different sugar molecules are present on pre-cancerous cells as compared to normal cells. This new tool could allow doctors to see pre-cancerous cells clearly in order to target them for removal, thereby freezing the development of cancer in its tracks,” explains O’Brien.

The good news is that wheat germ proteins are non-toxic, which means this new process won’t introduce any harmful substances into the body.

There you have it. Another positive innovation in the fight against deadly oesophageal cancer.

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