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Nuts vs prostate cancer

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Including nuts in the daily diet could be beneficial to prevent or delay the onset of some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer, reveals a study by the University of Texas, United States.

Prostate cancer is the main type of cancer that affects men in our country, particularly people over 50 years old, and although there is no specific form of prevention, diet plays a important role, as Dr. Carlos Pacheco points out in an interview with Salud180.

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How many nuts to consume?

According to a study applied to mice, the researchers could confirm that including in the diet, what for us would be two handfuls of nuts every day, the appearance of prostate cancer is inhibited.

Russell Reiter, lead author and researcher at the University's Health Science Center, explains that when mice were fed a diet enriched in this nut, only 18% developed cancerous tumors in the prostate. In as much, those that followed a diet of normal control, they developed tumors in 44% of the cases.

The protective effect of nuts, experts say, is due to its rich content of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols, which help reduce the inflammatory action of free radicals, as well as the oxidative stress, factors for the development of cancer.

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Not only prevents prostate cancer

Several studies have shown the qualities of nuts against different conditions, ranging from hypercholesterolemia, to cancer; but also, the mono and polyunsaturated fats they contain are good for insulin sensitivity and, therefore, for diabetes, according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health.

In addition to prostate cancer, research has been carried out, such as those of the Marshall, Tufts, and Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, United States, where they agree that The properties of nuts help to delay, prevent or delay breast and bladder cancer.