TEXAS: Eating turmeric, red grapes and apples can help men to protect themselves against prostate cancer, according to new research.
A study found that mice who were fed the ingredients were able to ‘starve’ prostate cancer cells.
When eaten in combination, the ingredients can kill off cancer cells by stopping tumours from taking up the compounds they need to grow.
And regularly eating meals with all three ingredients could effectively reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer, researchers added.
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among males, affecting one in eight men in the UK and one in seven in the US.
Previous studies have pinpointed a number of natural compounds that could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
In this study, researchers used genetic techniques to analyse 142 natural compounds to find those that could destroy cancer cells.
The chosen compounds were then tested on prostate cancer cells derived from both humans and mice.
Researchers found three compounds were most effective at killing off tumour cells.
‘After screening a natural compound library, we developed an unbiased look at combinations of nutrients that have a better effect on prostate cancer than existing drugs,’ said Stefano Tiziani, assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas.
‘The beauty of this study is that we were able to inhibit tumour growth in mice without toxicity.’
The first compound was curcumin, the bright yellow ingredient found in turmeric.
Another compound was ursolic acid, which is found in apple peel.
And the third was resveratrol, which is found in red grapes and wine, as well as berries.