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Walnuts may reduce breast cancer risk

April 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cancer researchers say reach for walnuts when you need a snack and you may be fighting off breast cancer. A recent study found eating walnuts may help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.Earlier studies have shown that walnuts reduce the risk of developing bad cholesterol. Walnuts are rich in certain compounds that reduce the hardening of the arteries and keep them flexible.

The latest study by Marshall University of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, tested mice who were bred to develop breast cancer. Scientists found the lab mice who ate a daily diet of walnuts had fewer and smaller breast tumors, and developed them later than mice who were not fed walnuts.

Walnuts provide essential Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosteros that reduce the risk of breast cancer.

"Walnuts are better than cookies, French fries or potato chips when you need a snack, " said Elaine Hardman, associate professor of medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine.

Hardman said the amount of walnuts in the study was equal to two ounces of walnuts per day for humans.

The study results were among other anti-cancer food studies presented Monday at the 100th annual meeting in Denver of the American Association for Cancer Research.


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