Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Breast Cancer Linked To An Amino Acid Found In Asparagus

Breast Cancer Linked To An Amino Acid Found In Asparagus

A woman with Breast Cancer/Photo Credit; health24Asparagines, amino acid food contents are recently said to help spread the deadly disease called; Breast Cancer.

Researchers examined data from breast cancer patients, which showed the greater the ability of breast cancer cells to make asparagine, the more likely the disease was to spread.

In short, no. Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK's head nurse, said: "At the moment, there is no evidence that restricting certain foods can help fight cancer, so it's important for patients to speak to their doctor before making any changes to their diet while having treatment". In fact a cancerous cell actually needs to adapt quite a bit to your body before it can even break off the main tumour, survive in your bloodstream and find a new spot where it can continue to grow and spread.

Does this mean that you should remove all these foods from your diet?

Among the candidate metastatic drivers evaluated in the study, one stood out: the level of asparagine synthetase expression in a primary tumor.

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"Researches deprived mice of asparagine through a few strict diet or used a drug to stop asparagine metabolism and found quite surprisingly that the breast cancer cells didn't spread". He said should the same finding be made in humans, curbing asparagine intake could assist with cancer treatment, and not just in breast cancer. Most fruits and vegetables are low in asparagine, the researchers say.

Experts in the field including Baroness Delyth Morgan, the chief executive at Breast Cancer Now have added that this study is still preliminary and should not prompt breast cancer patients to go on drastic diets without medical advice. Ironically, the drug L-asparaginase relies heavily on asparagine and is now used to treat leukemia in people. This drug may also be tried in breast cancer patients he said if proven in future clinical trials.

If further research replicates this finding in humans, reducing cancer patients' consumption of asparagine could enhance existing therapies, Knott added.

These include asparagus, seafood, soy, egg, nuts and beef. But now researchers from Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles have looked into potential causes of metastasis and found a possible culprit-meat and potatoes.

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