Eating Fruit And Vegetables Improve Chemotherapy For Cancer Patients

News, Treatment — By on October 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

The leading cause of death in all cancer patients continues to be the resistance of tumor cells to chemotherapy, a form of treatment in which chemicals are used to kill cells. Eating fruit and vegetables can improve cancer patients’ response to chemotherapy.

A study by UC Riverside biochemists that focuses on cancer cells reports that ingesting apigenin – a naturally occurring dietary agent found in vegetables and fruit – improves cancer cells’ response to chemotherapy.

Apigenin is mainly found in fruit (including apples, cherries, grapes), vegetables (including parsley, artichoke, basil, celery.

It has been shown by researchers to have growth inhibitory properties in several cancer lines, including breast, colon, skin, thyroid and leukemia cells. It has also been shown to inhibit pancreatic cancer cell proliferation. The study advocates the inclusion of vegetables and fruit in our daily diet to help prevent cancer.

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