More than 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, according to the National Institutes of Health, but a new study has found that a naturally-occurring molecule may help prevent this potential deadly disease.
Researchers from Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California discovered that higher levels of sphingadienes (SDs), which are lipid molecules, may reduce the spread of mutant cells such as those that can cause cancer.
SDs are found in abundance in soy and its products, and this prompted Dr. Julie Saba, senior scientist and director of the Cancer Center at the institute to call the study results "exciting."
"We are encouraged to find a natural molecule that could be consumed through soy products as a strategy to help prevent colon cancer," she said.
Saba also called soy "a very healthy diet choice," and stated that she was comfortable recommending it as a way to boost overall health and well-being.
The study will be published in the Dec. 15 issue of Cancer Research.
In addition to soy, nutritional supplements containing antioxidants are believed to have cancer-preventive properties.