New research at the Institute of Food Research shows that two food components recognised for their ability to fight cancer are up to 13 times more powerful when put to work together. The results are published in the latest issue of international journal Carcinogenesis.
The study focuses on genes that play an important role in tumour formation, tumour progression, and the spread of tumour cells. The food components sulforaphane and selenium were found to have an increased impact on these genes when used as a combined treatment.
“As a result of this research, we hope to begin a human cancer prevention trial next year. It opens up new possibilities for functional foods, food supplements or simply new guidelines for healthy eating”, says Dr Yongping Bao, senior researcher at the IFR.
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