The alpha linolenic (ALA) and the omega 3 fatty acids contained in avocado oil have been found to stop tumor growth in colon and breast cancer. Vitamin E also in avocado oil also suppresses growth of cancer cells. Studies also show that vitamin E and beta carotene can significantly reduce the risk of lung and other cancers.
Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain found that two chemicals in olive and avocado oil — lignans and secoiridoids — block the HER2 protein that is associated with acidic cancerous breast tumors that then to grow more rapidly than other forms of the acidic condition.
“Our findings reveal for the first time that all the major complex phenols present in extra-virgin oil drastically suppress overexpression of the cancer gene HER2 in human breast cancer cells,” wrote study authors Javier Menéndez from the Catalan Institute of Oncology and Antonio Segura-Carretero from the University of Granada.
Avocado oil and Cancer
- Avocado Inhibits Prostate Cancer: An avocado extract has been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in lab research. Writing in this month’s issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, UCLA scientists note that avocados are the richest source of lutein among commonly eaten fruits. This carotenoid acts as an antioxidant and has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer in previous studies.
- MUFA’s Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer: A study done in Sweden showed a 45 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer for each 10 gram increment of MUFA’s consumed daily.
Avocados are able to penetrate deeply inside our cell structures, enter the mitochondria and activate its energy production, allowing cells to function properly even while being constantly attacked by free radicals. The mitochondria plays a very important role in the fight against free radicals. Mitochondria are central components of our cells that produce the majority of a cells energy from nutrients. Unfortunately, they have a dark side – they generate unstable chemicals that inflict damage to both the mitochondria itself and other cellularcomponents. This damage directly affects aging and thus it has been the goal of many scientist to find remedies that will reverse this damage. They have found it in avocado oil! This new discovery can truly revolutionize our view of avocados. Lead study design author, Dr. Christian Cortez-Rojo, noted that “avocado oil causes accelerated respiration in mitochondria, which indicates that the use of nutrients for producing energy for cell functions remains effective even in cells attacked by free radicals and that mitochondria can produce little amounts of damaging free radicals.”