High fibre 'may halt progression of prostate cancer'

11 January 2013

Prostate cancer patients who adopt a diet high in fibre may prevent the disease from progressing, according to a new study.

It was revealed by scientists in the journal Cancer Prevention Research that the consumption of plant-based foodstuffs and wholegrain can potentially stop the cancer in its tracks in the early stages.

Researchers first struck upon this when trying to understand the differences between prostate cancer suffers in the West and the East, which both have a similar level of occurrence.

While in the West the disease tends to progress, in the East this is not so much the case. The answer, they deduced from experiments, was because differences in diet.

They fed some mice inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), which is a major component of high-fibre diets, while others were not given any fibre at all.

"The study's results were really rather profound. We saw dramatically reduced tumor volumes, primarily due to the anti-angiogenic effects of IP6," said Komal Raina, a research instructor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Good sources of fibre include nuts and seeds, beans, lentils and peas, and wholegrain breakfast cereals.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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