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Study Finds Peaches May Slow Breast Cancer Growth

Eating peaches can slow down the spread of breast cancer.

Doctors always tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables, and a new study only makes that suggestion more poignant. Published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, a recent study found that peach extract can inhibit breast cancer cells' ability to grow and spread (a process called metastasis). 

Giuliana Noratto, a Washington State University assistant professor of food science, worked with colleagues at Texas A&M to conduct the study. The researchers studied mice that were given a strain of breast cancer; scientists implanted aggressive breast cancer cells beneath the mice's skin. Peach extract slowed metastasis in the mice and researchers believe it could do the same for humans. 

"We didn't even think about metastasis at that time," Noratto said in a statement. "The surprise was we analyzed lungs and beside the fact that the peach compounds inhibited the growth of the tumor, they also inhibited the metastasis levels on the lungs."

Noratto noted that the concentration of peach extract that was effective on the mice would be equivalent to eating two to three peaches a day for people. While Noratto and her team haven't exactly promoted peaches as a breast cancer treatment option, they do note that eating a healthy diet is important for preventing cancer. 

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