A new study recommends non-metastatic prostate cancer patients to eat a lot of tree nuts – pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios.
Including these nuts in their diet is supposed to reduce their risk of dying from the disease, says a team of researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The study found that eating tree nuts 4-5 times per week reduced the patients’ risk of death because of the disease by 34 percent, as compared with patients who ate nuts just once per month.
The executive director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation, Maureen Ternus, explained that eating 1.5 ounces or 1/3 cup of nuts per day can have a significant and positive effect on the health of prostate cancer patients.
“These findings add to the growing body of evidence showing that nuts can and should be part of a healthy diet. During the summer months especially, tree nuts are a great portable snack to take to the beach, on a hike, or camping,” he was quoted saying.
The study, featured in the latest edition of British Journal of Cancer, was funded by the International Tree Nut Council (ITNC).
Nuts are beneficial to one’s overall health, and their usefulness spreads to a number of diseases and conditions. For example, they improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes; this, in turn, reduces the total mortality risk.
On the other hand, insulin resistance is one of the known consequences of prostate cancer in patients. So eating nuts – which are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, unsaturated fats, and high-quality proteins – can provide an extra protection to the heart.
Furthermore, the nutritional content also has anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
For the study, researchers analyzed the dietary lifestyle and health of more than 47,000 men for 26 years. All of the men had been diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer and prostate cancer killed nearly 10 percent of them during the study period.
This is not the first time a study evaluated the benefits of consuming nuts in the battle against certain cancers. Back in 2009, researchers suggested eating large quantities of Brazil nuts could keep prostate cancer in check.
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