In breast cancer, daily consumption of a handful of walnuts can significantly change gene expression and slow down the development of the tumor process. This was confirmed in experiments on mice, as well as in trials with the participation of women.
The ability of walnuts to inhibit the growth of breast tumors and inhibit the development of breast cancer was identified by scientists from Marshall University (USA). The results of their research are published in the journal Nutrition Research.
“Consumption of walnuts can act as a factor that can inhibit the growth and development of breast cancer. We found that eating 57 grams of walnuts per day for about two weeks can significantly change gene expression in diagnosed breast cancer”, said project leader Dr. Elaine Hardman.
After successful experiments with mice, scientists invited women with diagnosed breast cancer to test. In one of them, women with mammary gland tumors were randomly divided into two groups - those who consumed walnuts and those who did not. Women began to eat nuts after the biopsy and consumed them within two weeks in the amount of 57 grams per day.
Two weeks later, in a group of walnuts, an analysis revealed in the body of women processes of apoptosis (cell death) and adhesion (the ability of cells to connect) of cancer cells, as well as disabling signaling pathways that promote the migration of tumor cells in the body.
As a result, the researchers stated that eating walnuts "can inhibit the growth and survival of breast cancer, reduce both the risk of its occurrence and the likelihood of relapse." At the same time, scientists note that a more extensive study is necessary for the final verdict.
Source: the journal Nutrition Research