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Walnuts May Protect Colon From Tumor Formation

June 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study in mice found that eating walnuts has a dampening effect on colorectal tumors. The result was especially noticeable in males, who had 2.3 fewer tumors than mice who did not eat walnuts, researchers reported. Walnuts accounted for seven to 10.5 percent of their daily calories, the equivalent of about an ounce in humans. Walnuts contain high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, a high ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, and high levels of a form of vitamin E that has anticancer properties. The study shows that walnuts may also act as a probiotic that protects the colon from tumor formation.
M. Nakanishi et al., "Effects of walnut consumption on colon carcinogenesis and microbial community structure. ", Cancer Prevention Research, June 08, 2016, © American Association for Cancer Research
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