Research has shown that an extract found in apples contains strong antioxidant properties that can inhibit cancer growth. Now a recent study has found that the phytochemicals in apples may prevent malignant tumors from spreading in breast tissue.
Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, conducted what they say is the first study on the effect of apples on cancer prevention in animals, according to a university press release dated March 1, 2005. The actual study appeared in the online edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on the same day.
“We found that tumor incidence was reduced by 17%, 39% and 44% in rats fed the human equivalent of one, three or six apples a day, respectively, over 24 weeks,” said Rui Hai Liu, the Cornell professor who led the study. “Our findings suggest that consumers may gain more significant health benefits by eating more fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods than in consuming expensive dietary supplements, which do not contain the same array of balanced, complex compounds.”