Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Walnuts May Be An Important Part Of Anti-Cancer Diet

September 6, 2011 by  

Walnuts My Be An Important Part Of Anti-Cancer DietMany individuals make sure to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day in order to obtain an array of potentially cancer-fighting antioxidants. Researchers at Marshall University conducted a study which suggests that walnuts may also help keep cells healthy.

In a mouse model involving rodents that were genetically predispositioned to develop breast cancer, a team of scientists found that a walnut-rich diet cut the risk of developing the carcinoma in half. Additionally, walnut-eating mice that did develop breast cancer had smaller and fewer tumors than those that had not been fed the nut.

Authors of the study noted that the rodents that ate walnuts also had mothers that ate the nut from conception through nursing.

The researchers theorized that the healthy fat contained in the nuts may have given the mice an advantage over those that were fed normal diets. Additionally, the scientists suggested that the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E could have played a role in cancer prevention.

“Food is important medicine in our diet,” said lead author Elaine Hardman, Ph.D. “What we put into our bodies makes a big difference – it determines how the body functions, our reaction to illness and health.”

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Walnuts May Be An Important Part Of Anti-Cancer Diet”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at

  • coal miner

    Walnuts may help lower breast cancer risk
    United Press International


    Mice that ate a modest amount of walnuts as part of their regular diet had a significant decline in breast cancer risk, U.S. researchers say.

    Study leader by Elaine Hardman of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine compared the effects of a typical diet and a diet containing walnuts across the lifespan of the mice — through the mother from conception through weaning and by eating the food directly.

    The amount of walnut in the test diet was equal to about 2 ounces a day for humans, Hardman said.

    The study — funded by grants from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the California Walnut Commission, and published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer — found the group of mice that had a diet that included walnut at both stages developed breast cancer at less than half the rate of the group with the typical diet.

    In addition, the number of tumors and their sizes were significantly smaller, the study said.

    Using genetic analysis, the researchers found that the walnut-containing diet changed the activity of multiple genes that are relevant to breast cancer in both mice and humans.

    However, other testing showed that increases in omega 3 fatty acids did not fully account for the anti-cancer effect and found that tumor growth decreased when dietary vitamin E increased, Hardman said.

    Copyright United Press International 2011

  • Faith

    Yeah, and the FDA went after Blue Diamond for promoting walnuts as:

    • “Studies indicate that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts may help lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers; ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; and even fight depression and other mental illnesses.”

    • “[O]mega-3 fatty acids inhibit the tumor growth that is promoted by the acids found in other fats … ”

    • “[I]n treating major depression, for example, omega-3s seem to work by making it easier for brain cell receptors to process mood-related signals from neighboring neurons.”

    • “The omega-3s found in fish oil are thought to be responsible for the significantly lower incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women as compared to women in the United States.”

    “. . . because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions. Therefore, under section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)], they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application. Additionally, your walnut products are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes.”

  • FreedomFighter

    Nuts for Nuts.

    The FDA is the henchman for BigPharma.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Ernie Emdee

    Walnut allergy is an uncommon type of food allergy. All of us have heard of the well publicized peanut allergy. You might even have heard of milk and gluten allergies. But walnut allergy? Not so much. Because of the relative scarcity of reported cases of walnut allergy, it has been grouped all together with other tree nuts. However, the few who do have this allergy are thirsty for more information. This article provides a concise review on walnut allergy and its causes, diagnosis, and treatment…

    Our own blog


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.