Hail, all tomato lovers! A new study has found that tomato extracts can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the stomach. Read on to know how it works.
Can you imagine your salad or sandwich without tomatoes? Thought so, we cannot either. Known for its rich and tangy flavour, tomato is native to South America. They are the primary dietary source of lycopene, an antioxidant associated with a variety of health advantages, including a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. That’s right; it is more than just a tasty fruit! A recent study has found that tomato extracts have been discovered to suppress the development and malignant cloning of stomach cancer cells in recent research, paving the path for new treatments for the fatal illness. The study examined whole tomato extracts for their potential to combat stomach cancer cell lines and was published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.
Tomato Extract May Prevent, Treat Stomach Cancer
Daniela Barone, a researcher at the Oncology Research Centre of Mercogliano (CROM) in Italy, said that the antitumoral effect appears to be unrelated to individual components, such as lycopene, and instead suggests that tomatoes as a whole should be examined. After analysing the tomato extracts for their ability to tackle gastric cancer cell lines, the researchers found that extracts of San Marzano and Corbarino varieties of tomato were able to inhibit the growth and cloning behaviour of malignant cells.
As per the results, the treatment that inhibited the capacity of the cancer cells to migrate stopped the cell cycle through the regulation of retinoblastoma family proteins and particular cell cycle inhibitors and eventually caused cancer cell death by apoptosis.
Antonio Giordano, professor at the University of Siena in Italy said, “Our results prompt further assessment of the potential use of specific nutrients not only in the cancer prevention setting but also as a supportive strategy along with conventional therapies.” Barone added that in various phases of a tumour, different species may have distinct impacts. Though various tomato components have been studied in experimental settings for their capacity to inhibit tumour growth, some studies have looked at the effects of tomatoes as a whole.
What Is Stomach Cancer?
Stomach cancer is a kind of cancer that starts in the stomach and spreads throughout the body. Stomach cancer sometimes referred to as gastric cancer, can occur in any region of the stomach. Stomach cancers develop in the major portion of the stomach in most parts of the world.
Gastric cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer worldwide, according to the report, and has been linked to genetic factors, Helicobacter pylori infection (a bacterial infection that causes stomach inflammation, peptic ulcer disease, and certain types of stomach cancer), and eating habits such as smoked and salty foods.
Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer
Some common signs and symptoms of stomach cancer may include:
- Swallowing problems
- Feeling bloated after eating
- Feeling full after eating small meals
- Unintentional weight loss
Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any signs or symptoms that concern you. Your doctor would most likely start by looking at the more frequent causes of these signs and symptoms.
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