So far, the evidence reported in various scientific research points out that there is no food, drink, diet or plant capable of replacing or surpassing the anticancer treatments administered by health professionals. This, however, does not mean that the possible anticarcinogenic properties of seeds, for example, should not be considered in the search for ways to improve treatment.
Some components and properties may be useful in order to offer greater benefits to patients. Most researchers, however, agree on the need to conduct further clinical studies and investigate the subject, as many aspects are unclear.
In the search for the best therapies, several studies have advanced the hypothesis that in nature there are seeds with strong anticancer power and the great advantage of not producing negative side effects.
Anti-carcinogenic properties of seeds: what’s true?
1. Apple seeds
After conducting animal experiments and clinical trials in humans, experts from the National Cancer Institute say apple seeds have been shown to have no anti-cancer properties.
It was widely believed that these seeds had anticancer potential due to their content of amygdalin or laetrile, a plant compound that contains sugar and produces hydrogen cyanide.
The consumption of apple seeds (in any way and especially in large quantities) can be risky, because they contain amygdalin and cyanide, a very dangerous poisonous substance.
2.Anti-carcinogenic properties of grape seeds
Other seeds that have been studied because it was thought they could have an anticarcinogenic and chemoprotective effect are those of grapes. It was believed that they were a rich source of antioxidants, capable of positively influencing oxidative stress.
After concluding the research, it was concluded that the evidence identified was insufficient and that it was clear that consuming grape seeds does not help prevent or treat cancer.
Instead, it was reaffirmed that maintaining a healthy lifestyle contributes significantly to improving the quality of life.
3. Flax seeds
Although flax seeds contain various nutrients and are a source of alpha-linoleic acid, this does not mean that their regular consumption can have an anticarcinogenic effect. This is demonstrated by various researches.
Thanks to a recent study, the following conclusions were reached:
- Some animal experiments have suggested the possibility that consuming omega 3 fatty acids could reduce the risk of suffering from breast cancer. However, they should be investigated and further clinical trials conducted in humans.
- Most experimental studies indicate that flax seeds increase or maintain tamoxifen’s effectiveness in stopping cancer cells.
- Further clinical studies need to be conducted to confirm that there is an effective relationship and respective relationship between flaxseed and tamoxifen.
4. Apricot seeds
A study was recently published whose objective was to verify whether certain compounds of apricot seeds (inside which amygdalin is found) are able to help stop the proliferation of cancer cells in the colon.
The researchers concluded that although some compounds show some anticancer potential, it is still too early to make recommendations regarding the doses and ways in which benefits can be obtained from these seeds. Further clinical trials in humans would have to be carried out in order to determine their effectiveness.
Moderate consumption of seeds as part of a balanced and varied diet can offer health benefits. However, it in no way helps prevent or treat or cure cancer.
If you have any doubts about nutrition and cancer, you can consult the guidelines developed by the experts of the World Fund for Cancer Research.