Foods Rich in Phenolic Acid Prevent Risk of Breast Cancer
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Foods Rich in Phenolic Acid Prevent Risk of Breast Cancer 

A recent study conducted by the researchers at the University of Navarra and the University of Jaen in Spain found that certain foods rich in phenolic acids might protect the body against the risk of developing breast cancer post-menopausal stages.

It has been presumed that the women, who eat fruits and vegetables and drink coffee more often, may have an improved immunity and better defence against breast cancer.

Plant-based foods, such as grains, oats, wheat and rice; citrus fruits like blueberries, raspberries, plums, apples; drinks like coffee and red wine; vegetables like corn and onions are all rich in phenolic acids that helps in mitigating risks of breast cancer.

The research was conducted to find the truth behind the given facts in Glasgow in 11,028 women. Participants were examined over their diet for 12 years, wherein the researchers questioned them about their daily intake of foods. This data was then compared with the information of the amount of phenolic acid was taken in the food. The researchers thereby found 101 cases of breast cancer in the women who took food with less phenolic acids.

It was analysed that the women with the highest consumption of hydroxycinnamic acids, a type of phenolic acid that occurs naturally, reduced the risk of breast cancer by 62 percent. Women consuming coffee, fruits, and vegetables have the lowest risk of developing a breast cancer as these foods consist of Chlorogenic acid, a type of hydroxycinnamic acid, which produces the strongest result on risk reduction.

It has been largely known that eating healthy food with more vegetables and fruits keep the body healthy, maintaining the weight. However, there is a need to know the real role of phenolic acids in the foods.

In the same context, Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, research communications manager at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said: “While this study helps suggest a potential mechanism behind this benefit, further research is needed to understand the effect that phenolic acids found in foods such as fruit, vegetable and coffee may have on breast cancer risk.”

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