Walnut consumption may reduce chances of developing breast cancer
Sep 2, 2011
Breast cancer breakthroughs news at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found that consumption of walnuts may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
The study, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, followed a group of mice from conception and through their adulthood to see if walnuts had any affect on stalling or reducing the chances of getting the disease.
Half of the mice received walnuts from their mothers while they were pregnant, then through nursing, while being weened and then through eating walnuts directly. The remaining mice were fed a diet without the nut.
Researchers found that those who ate the walnuts developed breast cancer as less than half of the rate of the control group. Also, those who did develop the disease had fewer and smaller size tumors than those in the other group.
"These reductions are particularly important when you consider that the mice were genetically programmed to develop cancer at a high rate," said lead researcher Elaine Hardman, Ph.D. "We were able to reduce the risk for cancer even in the presence of a preexisting genetic mutation."
This brings new hope that eating more walnuts could help reduce or eliminate breast cancer. Such developments could stop the spread of the disease from developing in the 1 in 8 women its projected to, according to BreastCancer.org.