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Food may influence cancer spread: Research

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Health Desk: 08 Feb’18: Cambridge scientists have said there is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer's growth and spread.

Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine.

It is found in the foodies' favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods.

In the future, scientists hope to take advantage of cancer's "culinary addictions" to improve treatment.

Asparagine is an amino acid - a building block of protein - and takes its name from asparagus.

The study, conducted at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, took place on mice with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

"It was a really huge change, [the cancers] were very difficult to find," said Prof Greg Hannon.

Last year, the University of Glasgow showed cutting out the amino acids serine and glycine slowed the development of lymphoma and intestinal cancers.

Courtesy-- BBC Health