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Published on September 10th, 2010 | by Heather Carr

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Peaches and Plums May Help Prevent Breast Cancer





Among foods that prevent cancer, blueberries have been rated highly. A new study indicates that peaches and plums may rate even higher in cancer prevention.

Researchers at Texas A&M University in College Station have found that peaches and plums contain a phenol that inhibits the growth of non-estrogen receptive breast cancer cells. A little over one-third of breast cancers are of the non-estrogen receptive type and they tend to be more aggressive than estrogen receptive cancers.

Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos and Dr. David Byrne of AgriLife Research at Texas A&M tested the Rich Lady peach and the Black Splendor plum, two commercially-grown varieties from California, for their potential in inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.

The phenols prevented the breast cancer cells from growing while not damaging the healthy non-cancerous cells.

Peaches and plums are both in season right now.  They’re high in vitamins A and C – and they’re delicious to boot. Why not eat a few?

Source:  Identifying Peach and Plum Polyphenols with Chemopreventive Potential against Estrogen-Independent Breast Cancer Cells, DOI:10.1021/jf900259m

Image by totalAldo, used with a Creative Commons license.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .



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