While avocados are by no means good for almost everything, especially contributing to a healthy diet, researchers said specific extracts of avocado may reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells and oral cancer cells. However, one study says it is not good for those who already have cancer. Shall we take it as more for prevention rather than a cure?
The avocado fruits have too much oil and should not be included in the diets of people with cancer. One study found that a diet high in avocado oil has promoted the formation of the mammary tumors in rats.
Another study found that the consumption of avocado has been associated with a higher circulating estrogen level. Breast cancer patients should limit consumption of avocados until further studies are made to clarify the early evidences.
This could be disturbing because one of the articles also said the fruit contains cancer fighting properties, which is generally about the avocatin B fat. This fat can fight acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
AML is a deadly and rare form of cancer. If you are over 65, the disease can be deadly within a span of five years. The researchers found the avocatin B targets leukemia stem cells and is able to wipe out the leukemia stem cells while leaving the healthy cells unharmed.
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The researchers discovered that the fat molecule from avocados known as the avocatin B, can stop this process (immature cells aren’t able to develop into healthy red blood cells), targeting stem cells so the healthy blood cells are able to grow. The research made some test and confirmed the new drug targets stem cells selectively.
In short, if you have cancer, please consult your doctor first about eating avocados. In addition, you should avoid deep fried, grilled, barbequed, and baked meats. Subjecting animal protein to high heat creates carcinogenic byproducts called heterocyclic amines. Also avoid excessive intake of salt, sugar and oily foods including red meat and processed meat and preserved foods.