Recent experiments at the University of California, Dr. Paul Davis showed that eating a diet rich in walnuts reduced the size and growth rate of prostate cancer in mice. Scientists believe that the secret lies in the walnuts' ability to reduce levels of endothelin, a substance that increases inflammation of the blood vessels.
Since those who suffer from prostate cancer are known to have higher levels of endothelin, the researchers decided to test the benefits of eating walnuts. They discovered that mice which were fed walnuts developed prostate cancers approximately 50% smaller than a control group given soy bean oil instead.
Dr. Davis, who headed the study, said: "Walnuts should be part of a prostate-healthy diet."
Davis and his colleagues also noted that walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; gamma tocopherol, an inflammation-fighting form of vitamin E; polyphenol plant compounds and antioxidants.
More than 190,000 men in the US will get a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2010, claiming approx. 27,000 lives annually, making it the most common non-skin cancer.
Helen Rippon, head of research management at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "This new research, which is yet to be fully peer-reviewed, does provide new clues about the development of prostate cancer and how a man's diet might help prevent the disease by regulating their hormone levels and the way that genes work."
Storing Shelled Walnuts
Store shelled walnuts keep well for up to 6 months if stored in a cool place in a sealed container, preferably in the refrigerator.
Freeze larger quantities.
Walnuts will go rancid if exposed to warm temperatures for long periods of time. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates unpleasant odors and flavors.
Fresh walnuts should smell mildly nutty and taste sweet.
Inspirational Message for Today: Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2Corinthians 4:16-18