Walnuts may reduce risk of breast cancer, study finds

Oct 06, 2011

Walnuts may help reduce breast cancer in women.

A new report published in Nutrition and Cancer report shows that consuming walnuts slowed the development and growth of breast cancer tumors in mice. With one in eight women developing breast cancer in the United States, eating walnuts is something that could help reduce life insurance costs and breast cancer deaths.

Dr. Elaine Hardman, a professor at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, led the research and said the study is important to help fight against breast cancer and other chronic disease.

"We think now that diet can prevent 30 to 60 percent of all cancers," Hardman said. "The healthy diet that we should be eating is what we know is healthy – a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Walnuts can be an important component of that diet."

Hardman's research said containing about two ounces of walnuts per day can help reduce the chances of getting breast cancer.

Kimberly Lankford, a contributing editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, said those who have had breast cancer may have a harder time getting life insurance coverage, but it depends on how serious the cancer is and how far they are in the recovery process.

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