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A study by the UCLA published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry claims that certain nutrients in avocados can act in unison to fight the growth of prostate cancer cells. Leuitin is found in large quantities in avocados and acts as an oxidant. However, leutin on its own did not seem to affect the proliferation of prostate cancer cells. Thus, it must act with other components of avocados to inhibit prostate cancer growth. More research needs to be done on the discovery of the effects of combinations of active substances found in plant products. Lutein is also believed to help prevent eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. If consumed regularly, colorful fruits and vegetables are believed to help protect against a variety of disease such as some cancers, diabetes and mental function decline associated with aging. California avocados contain more fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate than the same quantity of any other common fruit.
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About: Avocado constituents may fight prostate cancer cell growth
Date: 11 January 2005
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