data from the American Cancer Association, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is estimated that in 2015, the number of colon cancer deaths in the United States will reach 49700. According to the latest report of Science Daily, a new study announced at the 2015 American Congress of experimental biology found that regular eating dried plums can improve intestinal flora and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Nancy Turner, Professor of nutrition and food science, Texas A & M University, and his team studied the anticancer effect of Prunus Mume on colon cancer in rats. In the new study, rats were fed either dried plums or foods without dried plums, and colon tissue was examined. The results showed that the beneficial bacteria in the intestine of the rats were increased, the harmful bacteria were reduced, the incidence rate of colonic polyps was lower, and the abnormal cryptate lesions (a big signal of the early lesion of colon cancer) were less than that of the reference group.
Professor Turner said that the phenolic compounds in dried plums have antioxidant, anti free radical and other health effects. Eating dried plums can help the retention of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, thus improving cell metabolism patterns in the colon and reducing the risk of colon cancer. ▲