Peaches and Plums Kill Breast Cancer Cells – and Prevent Breast Cancer Tumors From Forming
As a breast cancer surgeon, my job is to cure breast cancer. As an international healthcare leader, my vocation is to prevent it entirely. So when I come across news that might help women prevent breast cancer – or prevent it from coming back – I get excited. Today’s news about two anti-breast cancer chemicals found in peaches and plums has me very excited. Here’s why I believe this innovative discovery is a real breakthrough.
Scientists have discovered two chemicals found in peaches and plums (phenols: chlorogenic and neochlorogenic) that kill even the most aggressive forms of breast cancer – without harming normal cells. This “differential effect” that protects normal cells is vitally important. Chemotherapy drugs kill all dividing cells indiscriminately, thus producing collateral damage to normal tissues. This is what produces the terrible side effects associated with chemotherapy: hair loss, mouth sores, etc. The two breast cancer-killing phenols found in peaches and plums don’t harm normal cells. Now that’s a lifestyle change for breast cancer patients that we can all be proud of.
In addition to preferentially killing breast cancer cells, the two phenols found in peaches and plums also prevent breast cancer from forming in animal studies. Dr. David Byrne, one of the scientists reporting this research, will continue his work with these phenols in the hope of being able to use nature’s nutrients, rather than pharmaceutical drugs like tamoxifen, to treat and prevent breast cancer in a more natural way.
The data from Dr. Byrne’s research has been certified and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, referenced below. I look forward to further research on this innovative approach to breast cancer treatment, and I hope that mainstream academic medicine embraces this breakthrough as wholeheartedly as it embraces the new new drugs on offer at the pharmacy of the medical oncologist.
In the meantime, the average American woman who wishes to take advantage of this good news can safely begin to include peaches and plums – or their dried fruit equivalents – in her weekly food plan. These fruits are widely known to be nutritious and, fortunately, are easily available in all supermarkets. Furthermore, such fruits are recommended by the National Institute of Health to support an overall healthy diet. What’s not to love about all of that?
It won’t hurt to eat peaches and plums regularly; and it just might help.
Giuliana Noratto, Weston Porter, David Byrne, Luis Cisneros-Zevallos. Identifying Peach and Plum Polyphenols with Chemopreventive Potential against Estrogen-Independent Breast Cancer Cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2009; 57 (12): 5219