Anticancer mechanism of tomatoes revealed.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Tomatoes (Health aspects)
Cancer (Care and treatment)
Cancer (Patient outcomes)
|Publication:||Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464|
|Issue:||Date: August-Sept, 2012 Source Issue: 349-350|
|Product:||Product Code: 8000432 Cancer Therapy; 0160200 Tomatoes NAICS Code: 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services; 111219 Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming SIC Code: 0161 Vegetables and melons|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a carotenoid compound with potent
antioxidant properties. In that cancer cells employ the mechanism known
as angiogenesis to connect to the body's blood supply, Mridula
Chopra and colleagues from the University of Portsmouth (UK) observed
that lycopene disabled the angiogenic ability of cancer cells. Writing,
"The anti-angiogenic effects of lycopene in the present study were
shown at a concentration that should be achievable by dietary
means," the study authors conclude, "These results extend our
knowledge of one of the putative anti-cancer actions of lycopene."
Elgass 5, Cooper A, Chopra M. Lycopene inhibits angiogenesis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and rat aortic rings. Br J Nutr. 2011 Dec 6:1-9.
by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
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