Polyphenolics in peaches were recently found to significantly inhibit the growth and metastasis of breast cancer (1). Researchers discovered that these polyphenols inhibited the gene expression of matrix metalloproteinases (or MMP’s). MMPs play a pivotal role in helping tumors grow and in the multistep processes of invasion and metastasis. Therefore, this discovery has strong implications possibly in other cancers as well. The human equivalent dose is 2-3 peaches per day.

Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among females and is responsible for about 40,000 deaths annually in the US. Certain genetic variants can greatly predispose one to getting breast cancer (including BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, STK11, and TP53) (2), as can many environmental factors. If you have one of the above genetic variants or known environmental exposures, consuming 2-3 peaches daily (in addition to your apple a day)(3) may be a great preventative strategy.

Peaches and apples aren’t the only anti-breast cancer fruits. Others include plums, pomegranates and blueberries. While certain fruit can be very helpful in preventing breast cancer, some of the strongest anti-cancer substances in nature are found in Chinese medicine. In fact, a recent study found that Chinese medicine significantly reduces the overall chances of death in those suffering from breast cancer.(4). Two of our practitioners, Steve Gomberg and Brandon Horn had an article published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Women’s Health reviewing some of the most powerful Chinese herbs.(5)

(1) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955286314000539
(2) http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/breast-cancer
(3) http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2009/02/liu-details-role-apples-inhibiting-breast-cancer
(4) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28579/full
(5) Breast Cancer and Botanical Medicine. Alternative Medicine Alert. 2008; 2(6) 64-70. Gomberg S, Horn, B.


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