Avocado compound may provide new cancer treat

New research has shown that nutrients from Hass avocados can prevent the development of oral cancer, a finding that may one day lead to a new cancer treatment.

Scientists from Ohio State University have found that certain nutrients from the avocados neutralise or restrict the growth of precancerous cells that could lead to oral cancer.

The studies found that phytochemicals from Hass avocados target multiple signalling pathways and kill precancerous cells by increasing the amount of active oxygen in the cells, without harming normal cells.

Haiming Ding from the Ohio State College of Medicine, who worked on the study, said: "These studies suggest that individual and a combination of phytochemicals from the avocado fruit may offer an advantageous dietary strategy in cancer prevention."

The study's lead author, Steven D'Ambrosio from Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Centre, emphasised that more research must be done, adding: "As we identify the molecular mechanisms and targets by which individual phytonutrients prevent cancer, we may be able to improve upon nature by formulating phytonutrient cocktails for specific cancers and individual susceptibility and risk.

"The future is ripe for identifying fruits and vegetables and individual phytonutrients with cancer preventing activity."

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