A recent study shows that a substance commonly found on some food can increase the growth of cancer in the body. The chemical called “asparagine” is an amino acid found in such foods as asparagus, seafood and poultry. Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute found that laboratory rats denied the asparagine amino acid showed a slow spread in the rate of cancer in the experiments. The initial conclusion from the researchers is the components of our diet can heavily influence our health.
- Research by scientists, published in Nature, suggests that certain foods and compounds contained within them may accelerate the spread of cancer.
- Specifically, they found the nutrient asparagine, found in asparagus, to be a catalyst for the growth of breast cancer cells.
- While more research is needed to arrive at an application, scientists are hoping to discover a way to break important links between the diet and cancer cell growth.
“It was a really huge change, [the cancers] were very difficult to find”
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