Eating a diet rich in beans, nuts and cereals may help to prevent cancer
Posted Oct 23 2008 6:33pm
Eating a diet rich in beans, nuts and cereals may help to prevent cancer as the foods contain a natural compound called inositol pentakisphosphate, that inhibits the growth of tumors. Dr. Marco Falasca of University College London's Sackler Institute and his team found that the compound inhibits an enzyme called phosphoinositide 3-kinase which promotes tumor growth. When the researchers tested inositol pentakisphosphate in mice and cancer cells in the laboratory, it killed the animal tumors and enhanced the effect of drugs used against ovarian and lung cancer cells.
Dr. Falasca said: "Our study suggests the importance of a diet enriched in foods such as beans, nuts and cereals which could help prevent cancer."