“A healthy fruit and vegetables diet could help guard against one of the deadliest cancers,” the Daily Express has today reported. The newspaper says this is due to “a potent super-nutrient” found in these foods.
This story is based on research into a chemical called luteolin that is found in a wide variety of plants. The substance has already been found to reduce the growth of bowel cancer cells in the laboratory, and this new study attempted to confirm how it disrupted these cancer cells. In particular, the researchers concentrated on a cellular process that blocks cells from dying naturally and causes cancers to form. After testing luteolin on bowel cancer cells the researchers found that it interfered with this process, which effectively helps to control a cell’s life and death.