The latest research reveals an exotic Asian fruit that can help keep cancer cells from getting out of control. Recently, researchers in China published an analysis of 93 studies that revealed a mountain of new evidence about how eating a healthy diet can lower the risk of developing cancer, specifically breast cancer.
But there’s one fruit in particular that was new to me… one that’s so unusual that you may not have heard of it before.
They call it “the queen of all fruits” – and, true to its nickname, the mangosteen has a thick, “royal” purple rind with segments of sweet, white fruit on the inside.
Now, even though it has “mango” in its name, it’s not the same as the more common, yellow-fleshed mango. This fruit only grows on tropical evergreen trees in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
It turns out that the fruit’s cancer-fighting powers are two-fold: The extract actually killed breast cancer cells in a lab dish while also appearing to stop them from multiplying.
The researchers also tested mangosteen extract on mice with breast cancer tumours. And while you’re not a mouse, they’re often used in lab studies, and the human body and our cell structures have enough in common with mice to be wowed by the results.
The extract was so good at stopping cancer cells in their tracks that not only did the tumours stop growing, but the mice also lived longer.
This is big news because breast cancer is the most commonly-diagnosed cancer for women – and, as you age, your risk naturally increases.
If you’re a little on the older side and have already gone through “the change,” your risk is even higher – but even then, this “royal” cancer-fighter has got you covered.
The key to mangosteen’s power appears to be found in its rind, which contains special compounds called “xanthones” that protect the inside of the fruit.
And once they’re inside your body, those xanthones strengthen your cell walls to keep cancer out!
This special fruit only grows in one part of the world, and finding it in your at your local health food store could be tricky. So, your best bet is to look for a supplement containing mangosteen extract or xanthones.
But I should note that mangosteen can interfere with some medication, including chemotherapy drugs – so, if you’re already being treated for an existing case of breast cancer, it’s best to avoid it.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Dietary Natural Products for Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer, mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/7/728/htm