Three foods work jointly to starve prostate cancer

Three foods work jointly to starve prostate cancer



Researchers at the University of Texas, Austin have found that a combination of three natural compounds in food can inhibit prostate cancer cell growth.


First the researchers tested 142 natural compounds on both mouse and human prostate cells in vitro to understand which compounds had the greatest potential and that the results would be consistent between mice and men.


Then the most promising bioactive compounds were tested on mice models with prostate cancer. Stefano Tiziani, the assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dell Pediatric Research Institute led the team, which conclude three nutrients had particular benefits.


The three compounds were


  • Curcumin, the active ingredient and about 3 per cent of turmeric root;

  • Resveratrol, found in red grape skins, blueberries, cranberries, cocoa, pistachios and peanuts;

  • Ursolic acid, found in rosemary, thyme, holy basil, Arabica coffee, eucalyptus and the outer peel of many fruits such as apples.


What was important was that using ursolic acid with either curcumin or resveratrol stopped cancer cells using glutamine to grow. Glutamine is an amino acid, often used as an energy source by cancer. In other words, these three compounds could starve the prostate cancer.


Chris Woollams former Oxford Biochemist and a founder of CANCERactive said, “The three compounds are all known to have strong anti-cancer benefits from previous research studies. Here, they were used in combination and blocked the uptake of an essential nutrient for prostate tumours to grow. It is possible you could consume good levels of the foods in your Rainbow Diet, but it is probably better to add a natural supplement of each on top to deliver a good dose.”


Other bioactive compounds that were interesting included sulforaphane (in sprouting seeds and broccoli), 6-shogaol (in ginger) and EGCG (from green tea).


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The research was covered in the journal Precision Oncology.


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