Eating nuts may benefit the fight against colon cancer

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May 19 2017 - 5:59am

Researchers say that the chance of recurrence of colon cancer is dramatically decreased in people who eat nuts.

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There has been an established association between dietary factors and colon cancer. Researchers have determined that nuts rank well as a beneficial food in dealing with colon cancer.

A daily snack can serve as an significant part of a diet which protects you from cancer

Adding just a handful of nuts as part of a daily snack can serve as an significant part of a diet which protects you from cancer. The nutrients in nuts may have the capacity to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. At the University of Connecticut researchers have determined eating walnuts may create an alteration in gut bacteria in a way that may suppress colon cancer.

Eating nuts and a healthy diet are generally factors which perhaps deserve more attention

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) reports that the chance of colon cancer is decreased by about 50 percent in people who eat nuts. ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, says this study has demonstrated that something which is as simple as consuming tree nuts may actually make a difference in the long-term survival of patients. Dr. Hayes has been suggested that eating nuts and a healthy diet are generally factors which perhaps deserve more attention from clinicians and patients when treating colorectal cancer.

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The researchers observed that among 826 patients with stage III colon cancer there as a 42 percent lower chance of cancer recurrence in those who ate two ounces or more of nuts a week. There as a 57 percent lower chance of death than those patients who did not consume nuts. An analysis revealed the benefit of eating nuts was limited to tree nuts. These tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and cashews, among others. No associated decrease in cancer recurrence and death was seen among patients who ate peanuts or peanut butter.

Dr. Hayes says the authors of this study are not suggesting that consuming nuts should be considered as a substitute for standard chemotherapy and other standard treatments for colon cancer. Survival has been dramatically improved with these orthodox treatments. However it seems if patients with colon cancer are optimistic and eat a healthy diet which includes tree nuts, they may be healthier and have a lower risk of cancer recurrence.

There is an association between consuming nuts and a lower risk of getting colon cancer

It has been reported by Live Science that there is an association between consuming nuts and a lower risk of getting colon cancer. Dr. Aesun Shin, who is an associate professor of preventive medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea and an author of this study, says eating a serving of nuts a few or more times a week appeared to have a dramatic effect on colon cancer risk. In this study peanuts were the most widely consumed nuts.

These researchers say men who reported they ate three or more servings of nuts weekly had a 69 percent lower risk of colon cancer than those men who did not eat nuts. Women who consumed three or more servings had an 81 percent lower risk than those women who did not eat nuts. It has been hypothesized by the researchers that the fiber and antioxidants which are found in nuts may help lower a person's risk of colon cancer.

Eating nuts has also been established to be associated with other health benefits such as a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers now think nuts may also be associated with a lower risk of getting colon cancer and better chances for recovery from colon cancer. It sure seems like a good idea to consider eating some nuts daily.

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