Could oranges and kale help fight cancer?

22 August 2017 08:29

Could oranges help fight cancer?

Could oranges help fight cancer?

Fresh orange juice and leafy green superfoods like broccoli and kale could have a part to play in fighting cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers in New York, writing in the journal Cell, say high doses of vitamin C could eventually be used as a treatment for blood diseases caused by leukaemia stem cells.

Other vegetables high in vitamin C include bell peppers and green peas, while fruits include kiwifruit and oranges.

What the researchers say

The team at the Perlmutter Cancer Center say vitamin C could prevent dangerous cells from multiplying by triggering faulty bone marrow cells to die.

Perlmutter director Professor Benjamin G Neel said: "We're excited by the prospect that highdose vitamin C might become a safe treatment for blood diseases caused by leukaemia stem cells, most likely in combination with other targeted therapies."

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Cancer Research UK says

But Cancer Research UK urged cancer patients against changing their diet as a result of reading about the study.

Anna Perman, Cancer Research UK's senior science information manager, said: "Some doctors think that antioxidants like vitamin C might interfere with chemotherapy which, we know can be effective treatment.

"The important thing for cancer patients to remember is that this study is looking at the action of vitamin C in the laboratory, not the effect of eating foods or supplements that contain vitamin C.

"This should not prompt anyone receiving treatment for cancer to change their diet or treatment plan."

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