Alocubano.com reports that scientists at Texas A & M University have demonstrated that mangos are not only effective in preventing cancer of the colon and breast cancer, but also contribute to destroying cancer cells in cases where the disease has already been diagnosed. This discovery has quadrupled the consumption of this fruit in the past ten years. The fruit, originally from India, is readily found in most Caribbean islands.
Funded by the National Mango Board (U.S. entity sponsored by the Department of Agriculture), and conducted by scientists Susanne and Steve Talcott, the research involved the in vitro analysis of the impact of mango on seven different types of neoplastic cells, including lung, pancreas and prostate, according to Guatemalan engineer Olaf Rasch. He said that the most important effects were observed in malignant cells of the colon and breast, which suffered apoptosis (cell death).
The study found that polyphenols of mango, also present in grape seeds, red wine, and green tea, consist of both small molecules, which are easily absorbed during digestion, and the larger ones, which, not absorbed, arrive intact to the colon, where they would be exposed to the malignant mutation.
Mangos bring to the body more than 20 vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A and C, and because of their high dietary fiber content, the fruit can help those who suffer from chronic constipation. Their high level of antioxidants allow for the prevention of various types of cancers, especially those already mentioned. The Talcotts discovered that cells that are about to mutate or that are damaged, are kept healthy due to the polyphenols present in mangos.
Nutritionists recommend eating between 5 and 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to keep the body in optimum condition, so the ideal would be to include a daily mango as part of this balanced diet. Along with the study, scientists are now analyzing their ability to modulate glucose and lipids, as well as the possible impact that the fruit may have on bone density.
Rasch adds that in the near future, there will be a clinical trial on people with high risk of colon cancer, who will be fed mangos regularly in order to assess their clinical evolution.
For full article (in Spanish), see http://alocubano.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/efectivo-el-mango-contra-el-cancer-de-colon-y-mama/#more-3961