Study Reveals High Fiber Diet Reduces Progression of Prostate Cancer

January 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A study carried out by Indian researchers has revealed that intake of high fiber diet helped to reduce the progression of prostate cancer in mice.

This is a significant discovery because it is likely to help men take good steps to prevent and treat their prostate conditions effectively.

Details of the research have been highlighted in an article published January 10, 2013 at the ZEE News.

Excerpts from article that readily explains the research states that: The study compared mice fed with of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a major component of high-fiber diets, to control mice that were not. Then the study used MRI to monitor the progression of prostate cancer in these models.

“The study`s results were really rather profound. We saw dramatically reduced tumor volumes, primarily due to the anti-angiogenic effects of IP6,” says Komal Raina, PhD, research instructor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, working in the lab of CU Cancer Center investigator and School of Pharmacy faculty member, Rajesh Agarwal, PhD.

Basically, feeding with the active ingredient of a high-fiber diet kept prostate tumors from making the new blood vessels they needed to supply themselves with energy. Without this energy, prostate cancer couldn`t grow. Likewise, treatment with IP6 slowed the rate at which prostate cancers metabolized glucose.

Possible mechanisms for the effect of IP6 against metabolism include a reduction in a protein called GLUT-4, which is instrumental in transporting glucose.

“Researchers have long been looking for genetic variations between Asian and Western peoples that could explain the difference in prostate cancer progression rates, but now it seems as if the difference may not be genetic but dietary. Asian cultures get IP6 whereas Western cultures generally do not,” Raina says.

Finally, full details of this new research can be accessed from the Journal Cancer Prevention Research January issue.

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