Cancer is a major killer in the United States. MayoClinic.com reports that cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. People are constantly searching for manners which may help them safely prevent this often deadly disease and they want to know the bottom line about claims that various nutritional interventions can help prevent cancer. A consideration raised by The George Mateljan Foundation for nutritional cancer prevention is avocados.
Avocados contain many nutrients which as reported by Mahalo.com are a good source of potassium, B, E, and K vitamins, and dietary fiber. As a matter of fact, one cup of avocado has 30% of the daily recommended consumption of fiber, which is more than almost any other fruit. Health researchers have studied the ability of avocado to help prevent the occurrence of cancers in the mouth, skin, and prostate gland.
This research has been done in a preliminary way, mostly through the use of lab studies on cancer cells or lab studies involving animals and their consumption of avocado extracts. Although this anti-cancer research on avocados has been limited with respect to humans and diet, The George Mateljan Foundation believes that the preliminary results are impressive. The anti-cancer properties of avocado are said to be related to its unusual mix of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. This relationship is to be anticipated since cancer risk factors almost always include excessive inflammation, often related to lack of anti-inflammatory nutrients, and oxidative stress, generally related to lack of antioxidants.
The anti-cancer story with avocados gets even more fascinating. Avocados work to improve inflammatory and oxidative stress levels in healthy cells. However, in cancer cells, avocados work to increase oxidative stress and shift the cancer cells over into a programmed cell death cycle known as apoptosis. This decreases the cancer cell numbers. And so it appears avocados selectively push cancer cells “over the brink” in terms of oxidative stress levels and therefore increase their likelihood of dying, while simultaneously actively supporting the health of non-cancerous cells by increasing their supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
And so avocados are a delicious fruit which aside from providing you with vital nutrients for your daily needs, may also help you prevent cancer.
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Mandel News Service