A handful of walnuts a day could help slow the growth of cancer tumours, according to a new study.
Omega-3 fatty acids and other compounds in the nuts may reduce inflammation in bowel cancer cells. They also reduce blood supply to the tumour, significantly slowing down its growth.
US researchers found mice fed a diet high in walnuts had tumours containing ten times the amount of omega-3s than a control group.Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the third most common type of cancer worldwide and is the second leading cause of death in Western Countries, after lung cancer.
In Britain 41,581 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011 and in the following year 16,187 people died from the disease. In the US, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, there will be 132, 700 new cases of bowel cancer, and it will cause 49,700 deaths.
Research has shown that 30 – 50 per cent of bowel cancer in men, and 20 per cent in women can be prevented by changing to a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Source - Daily Mail