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High-fiber grains: another cancer killer?


There appears to be continuing justification for including high-fiber grains in our diets. Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, professor of pathology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, reports that high-fiber cereals may contain a substance useful for treating cancer of the colon and other cancers, as well as being a cancer preventive. Similar results were noted by Dr. Lilian Thompson of the University of Toronto in relation not only to colon cancers, but to precursors of breast tumors as well.

The cereal extract, called inositol hexaphosphate (InsP6), has slowed colorectal cancer cell growth in rats. When placed in test tubes, InsP6 has also interfered with thegrowth of human tumor cells. The results observed by Thompson included, besides Shamsuddin's same results, inhibition of internal cellular changes and cell proliferation in rodent mammary glands.

Previously, high-fiber grains were thought to be associated with the removal of intestinal carcinogens in the stool. Now it looks as though they might not only chemically inhibit cancer growth but serve to fight cancer after its onset as well. (Medical World News, May 8, 1989; 30:9:60.)
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Title Annotation:cereal extract - inositol hexaphosphate
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Jul 1, 1989
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