Parsley for breast cancer

Parsley is more likely to garnish a lovely napolitana pasta for your dinner than figure in your plans to reduced your chances of breast cancer. However, a new study has suggested that the latter might be worth thinking about.

In the new research, rats that had breast cancer were exposed to apigenin, a component of parsley and also celery and other fruit and nuts. The rats that were exposed to apigenin developed fewer tumours and showed a significant delay in tumour formation compared to rats not exposed to apigenin.

One of the things that we know about breast cancer is that some synthetic hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can accelerate breast tumour development. For instance medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) supports breast cancer progression by encouraging blood vessels to grow into tumours giving them the nutrients they need to grow.

What these researchers also found is that apigenin blocked new blood formation within tumours therefore delaying and sometimes stopping the development of tumours. The researchers did note however, that while tumour growth was blocked the initial formation of tumours was not blocked by apigenin.

Still, blocking tumour progression is worthwhile and so where do you get your apigenin? As mentioned, parsley and celery are excellent sources. However, you also get some from apples, oranges, and nuts.

The exact dosage of apignein required for humans remains to be elucidated but in the meantime don’t let that garnish wither unwanted on your plate. Tuck in to your parsley garnishes and celery sticks and be damned what they think!

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The WellBeing Team

The WellBeing Team

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