Prevent Colon Cancer -- Eat More Apples
Like a crime wave, colon cancer starts when a
few bad-guy cells go wild. But munching on sweet, juicy apples could
help keep those troublemakers in line.
Credit quercetin, a cancer-fighting flavonoid found in abundance in
apples. In a lab study, this anticancer compound appeared to slap the
handcuffs on precancerous cells, keeping them from dividing, and even
encouraging them to die off.
Quercetin Quiets Inflammation
There's Something About Produce
Quercetin seems to work by controlling levels of cancer-fueling
inflammation. And if it has the same effect in human subjects -- as lab
studies using human cells suggest it might -- then loading up on
quercetin-rich produce could lower colon cancer risk anywhere from 6
percent to 35 percent, researchers posit. (Did you know? Quercetin might give you extra energy, too.)
Maybe it isn't just the fiber in fruits and vegetables that helps keep
your colon healthy. Maybe it's also the quercetin and other healthy
nutrients you get not only from apples but from onions, green and black
tea, and buckwheat, too. Either way, your colon thanks you.