Walnuts Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Mice

by: cancercompass

Researchers have discovered walnuts reduce breast cancer risk in mice, reports Reuters.

Investigators from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, found that feeding mice a human equivalent of a handful of walnuts per day significantly reduced breast cancer risk in mice bred to develop the disease. Reuters reported on the study from a summary presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting in Denver.

Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols are all walnut ingredients that have individually impeded cancer growth, according to researchers.

Researchers found the mice that ate walnuts had fewer and smaller breast tumors.  In addition, the walnut-eating mice that did develop breast cancer did so later than other mice studied.

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