A tomato a day keeps cancer away, maybe the new mantra as per the new research in London, which highlighted Tomato’s anti-tumor effects. Whole tomato extracts can inhibit the growth and malignant cloning of stomach cancer cells. Gastric cancer is of the top cancers globally which can be due genetic, Helicobacter pylori infection or eating disorders.
The ability of tomato varieties to inhibit the growth and cloning behaviour of malignant cells shall prove a major boom in treating this deadly disease.
Essentially, tomato extracts affected critical processes within the cells hindering their migration ability. In turn this arrests cell cycle through the modulation of retinoblastoma family proteins and specific cell cycle inhibitors. This maybe one of the reasons of lower gastric cancer incidents the Mediterranean area where Tomato is a staple food.
Two different varieties of tomatoes of Southern Italy – San Marzano and Corbarino -cultivars were studied carefully. The tumorigenic potential of the transformation of cells and the tumour suppressive effects of proteins on transformed cells were found. It is found that distinct species may exert different effects, in different stages of a certain neoplasm.
Maybe this is the first time the effects of tomatoes in their entirety were taken up. Tomatoes extracts which can impede cancer cell growth needs further research and collaboration. The components like Lycopene in tomatoes are known for some time, but it could be more to the story.
While treatment was done through whole tomato extracts; the key processes were affected deterring their ability to migrate was a miracle. The potential use of particular nutrients not only in the cancer prevention setting but also as a supportive strategy along with conventional therapies is what the researchers have to say on this path breaking findings.
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