Southern-Favorite Peaches Could Have Cancer-Fighting Benefits, Study Suggests
The summertime fruit is packed with healthy, good-for-you nutrients.
We've never turned down a slice of Mississippi Mud Pie and never met a coconut cake or chocolate pudding we don't love, but in summer, there is no greater dessert than a perfect peach. Peaches are one of the South's greatest, sweetest, and juiciest contributions to the world of desserts. A group of scientific researchers discovered that those summertime gems aren't just a delicious treat, but they might actually have breast cancer-fighting benefits, too.
While no specific food can cause or prevent breast cancer, some foods can curb the risk of getting certain types of cancer. One of those foods just might be the peach. A study by researchers at Washington State University and Texas A&M showed that compounds in peaches can slow down and potentially stop the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread.
Specifically, in a 2009 study in mice, scientists found that the polyphenols in peaches may help prevent breast cancer cells—even the most aggressive ones— from forming and multiplying. Even better, there was evidence that suggested the polyphenols could kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells alone. The scientists went so far as to say the results were "deliciously promising." Other studies found that peach polyphenols were effective at inhibiting the growth of colon and liver cancer cells.
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While eating peaches is not a treatment for cancer, one of the researchers from Washington State University said peaches could supplement therapies that reduce the risk of metastasis in breast and other types of cancer—and that is very good news. Even better? Eating two to three peaches a day could help inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
As for what type of peaches to eat, the study showed that peaches with more red packed more cancer-fighting power, and fresh peaches had many more polyphenols than their canned cousins. If fresh peaches aren't in season, peach polyphenol extract powder has a similar impact. Unfortunately, there's no word on whether peach cobbler, peach pie, peach ice cream, peach-raspberry buckle will work.