Mango Extracts Kill Breast Cancer Cells In Culture
Posted Jan 14 2010 12:00am
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. One of the reasons they are has to do with the various bioactive phytochemicals found in them. There is a very large number and variety of these phytochemicals and research continues to suggest that many of them can provide us with important health benefits.
New research from Texas AgriLife Research suggests that phytochemicals in mangoes can kill breast cancer cells in a cell culture test system. While few details were reported in the press release, it appears that the researchers tested extracts from five different mango varieties. The extracts were rich in gallotannins, a phytochemical also found in wine, grape seeds, and tea. The researchers found that treating breast cancer cells with the mango extracts interrupted the cell growth cycle resulting in death of the breast cancer cells. While the mango extracts were able to kill the breast cancer cells, they did not harm normal cells.
This is interesting research that builds on the potential health benefits of bioactive phytochemicals. Since this study was done in a cell culture system using extracts of the mango fruit, there is still a lot of research to be done before determining the potential breast cancer fighting benefits of eating mangoes. However, the mango is an excellent fruit to consider adding to one's diet due to it nutritional benefits. A single mango fruit is a good source of dietary fiber (~15% of the daily value [DV]), vitamin B6 (~14% DV), and vitamin E (~12% DV) and an excellent source of vitamins A (~32% DV) and C (~96% DV). In addition to being a good source of vitamins, many of the phytochemicals in the mango have antioxidant properties to help fight free radical oxidative damage.
To learn about other foods that you can add to your diet to aid you in your fight against breast cancer, read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at www.fightBCnow.com.