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Peaches and Plums Have Anti-Breast Cancer Components

By June 4, 2010

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Peaches and Plums
Peaches and Plums
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Next time you reach for a ripe peach or a juicy plum, consider how powerfully healthy these fruits are. Not just pretty and low in calories, peaches and plums are loaded with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and vitamins. But it was their phenolic compounds that caught the attention of scientists at Texas AgriLife Research. In their lab studies, when the phenols from peaches and plums got together with breast cancer cells, the malignant cells were killed. Researchers were happy with those results, but even more pleased about the response from healthy cells. "These extracts killed the cancer cells but not the normal cells," said Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, who worked on the study.

Extracts were taken from the "Rich Lady" peach and the "Black Splendor" plum, chosen because of their particularly high phenolic content. Chlorogenic and neochlorogenic phenols from these peaches and plums were found to kill breast cancer cells, without harming healthy cells nearby. Even when scientists tested these fruit phenols on the most aggressive types of breast cancer cells, the cancer died and the healthy cells were unaffected. That's a dream come true for breast cancer patients that may require chemotherapy - a systemic treatment that affects every cell in the body.

More research is needed before cancer patients will be treated with phenols from these super fruits. But the plant breeders and researchers at Texas AgriLife are very interested in continuing this line of exploration. They hope that someday, they can grow peaches and plums that have very high content of cancer-killing compounds. Those mighty fruit phenols don't like cancer cells, and neither do I! Meanwhile, have another peach - after all, to the ancient Chinese, they are the symbol of a long, happy life.

June 9, 2010 at 9:35 am
(1) Shirley says:

Is this where cancer money going? I`m so tired of hearing about fruits and veggie that help you not get cancer or eat while you have cancer. This is nonsense to a mother who`s daughter fights breast cancer everyday and will untill the cancer or chemo takes her!

June 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(2) Celeste Goff says:

I eat 4-6 prunes a day for the fiber. Do those count as an anti-cancer food since they are just dried plums?

June 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm
(3) Pam Stephan says:


I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s fight with breast cancer.

The research on peaches and plums was funded by the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Tree Fruit Agreement.

The people doing the study were originally looking at antioxidants and phytonutrients in plums, but became more interested
in the phenols. “The following step was to choose some of these high antioxidant commercial varieties and study their anticancer properties,” Cisneros-Zevallos said. “And we chose breast cancer as the target because it’s one of the cancers with highest incidence among women. So it is of big concern.”

The guys down at A&M really do want to help conquer this disease.

I really do wish the Cure were available right now, for every type of breast cancer. It is an unfair and terrible disease.

- Pam

October 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(4) Jane Just says:

I am also fighting breast cancer so am interested in this article. I will try peaches and plums.. I am eating mostly fruits and veggies. this time of year might have to get frozen ones..

October 5, 2013 at 9:36 am
(5) Shurl says:

Greetings to All,
It’s very important that we the people get “Educated ASAP”! About just how the “Foods of the Earth” meaning (Raw Veggie’s & Fruits) the (Harvest of the Feild), have to offer our Bodies!!!
A friend of my family was at stage 4/5 Cancer, on her Death Bed!…
she woke-up one day and realized that if she died she would be leaving her yvery young Child & we she Realized She had a Choice to Live r Die, & She desided to LIVE! And started doing her own Reseach on “Raw Veggie’s & the Right Fruits to eat that would BEAT Cancer, and “SHE DID JUST THAT!” She alive and well with “NO TRACE of Cancer!!! “Sso beleive what you will & want ! I learned that but understand this that being “Uneducated is what will KILL YOU!!!” I’ve just recently been going through some testing myself with a Breast Lump, & within the next week I will have the remaining Lump removed in a 2HOUR Surgery, during this surgery while i’m under the Anesthesia my General Surgeon will remove the remaining “LUMP & SOME TISSUE & also a LYMP NODE”, Surgeon will be waiting on my results from a second Biopsy.
I am “CONFIDENT” that because I have Changed my BAD Eating Habits to Good Eating Habits of “Raw Veggis & more Fruits mainly Peaches & Plums”, dealing with this major medical health issue, that my Test Results will come back “NEGATIVE!!!’ In the name of my Lord & Savior JESUS CHRIST!!! with out a Doubts!
In all that i’m saying to you is “People Please Educated Yourself!” Don’t knock it until you do your very own reseach and learn for yourself just what your option are, and frist how you can Help Yourself!
day Y? becasue lack of needed Education pertaining to all the Avavilable Research! (Just Google It!!!),

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