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Eating more apples may lower cancer risk, says study

April 10, 2009 by  

Eating more apples may lower cancer risk, says study  A total of six studies conducted during the past year have shown evidence of the beneficial impact of apple consumption on risk of breast cancer.

They were all reported by Cornell researcher Dr. Rui Hai Liu in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In one of them, he looked at the development of mammary tumors in rats.

He found that 81 percent of the animals in the control group developed it but only 57 percent, 50 percent and 23 percent of the rats fed low, medium and high doses of apple extracts became ill during a period of 24 weeks.

"We not only observed that the treated animals had fewer tumors, but the tumors were smaller, less malignant and grew more slowly," said Dr. Liu who is an associate professor of food science and a member of Cornell’s Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology.

The ingredients responsible for the anti-cancer and anti-proliferative effect are phytochemicals known as flavonoids whose rich sources include apples and many other fruits and vegetables.

In a separate experiment, Dr. Liu also found that apple peel contains a variety of other phenolic compounds that have potent antioxidant effects.

According to the American Cancer Society, 184,450 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,930 will die from the disease. However, if detected early and treated properly, breast cancer is one of the most curable of all cancers affecting women.

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  • Genelle Tennant

    I peel my apples because of the pesticides that are used on most apples. I also have a hard time swallowing the peels because of some esophagus problems. I wonder if eating the apples without the peels would be as beneficial? I’ve always been a believer in the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” … from my grandmother’s admonition. In addition I’d like to say that in my research about diet and cancer prevention I always see that eating just about any fruit, especially berries, is a good habit to form to help prevent cancers.

  • toby Lee

    Even better than an apple for cancer prevention is keeping your vitamin D levels up. Vitamin D deficiency is now almost the norm as present lifesyles keep us out of the sun. There is now as much data showing vitamin D deficiency leads to cancer as there is on smoking causing cancer. The Canadian cancer society started recommending that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer nearly two years ago but hardly anyone knows about this. All the data can be found on The site offers a good newsletter and has recently launched a mini pill version of vitamin D that you dont even have to swallow, you can break it up in your mouth. Check it out, its a good deal

  • http://comcast.NET E.V. Doyle

    Don’t forget the seeds from those apples,apricots !! CCC

  • Adam Vertrees

    Awesome, Thx!


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