Food protein found in asparagus linked to cancer spread

AN amino acid found in a variety of foods including asparagus has been linked to the spread of breast cancer.

A team of international cancer researchers have shown in mice that limiting the consumption of the amino acid called asparagine stopped the spread of triple- negative breast cancer.

Published in medical journal Nature, experts say the study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests diet can influence the course of the disease.

“The study results are extremely suggestive that changes in diet might impact both how an individual responds to primary therapy and their chances of lethal disease spreading later in life,” said senior author, Gregory Hannon at England’s University of Cambridge.

Amino acids are used by cells to make proteins. Foods rich in asparagine include dairy, whey, beef, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood, asparagus, potatoes, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy and whole grains.

Most fruits and vegetable are low in asparagine.

A team of international cancer researchers from the UK, US and Canada studied the impact of asparagine in triple-negative breast cancer cells, which grow and spread faster than most other types of cancer cells. Read more…

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