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Eating More Tree Nuts May Lower Risks of Colon Cancer Recurrence

A recent study suggests that eating tree nuts may dramatically lower the chance of colon cancer recurring and of death from colon cancer.


For this study, researchers examined data from a questionnaire from a clinical trial of 826 people with stage III colon cancer. The questionnaire was administered after people completed chemotherapy and asked about dietary intake, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and reduction in insulin resistance.


After examining the data, the researchers found that consuming two or more ounces of nuts per week was associated with a 42% lower risk of cancer recurrence and a 57% lower risk of death, when compared with not eating any tree nuts. When they looked specifically at tree nut consumption, the numbers were 46% and 53%, respectively.


There was no association found between lower risk of cancer recurrence or death and consuming peanuts.


Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston led the study. It will be presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting on June 3, 2017.


Nuts are a rich source of magnesium, vitamin E, protein and beneficial phytochemicals. Numerous studies have associated phytochemicals with antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.


In the United States, nuts are typically consumed in the form of snack food. If you want to add more nuts to your diet, you can try replacing unhealthy snacks such as chips and candy bars with raw, unsalted nuts.

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