A knockout blow for cancer


London - Scientists believe that the vitamins packed into spinach could deliver a knockout blow against liver cancer.

A diet laced with Popeye’s favourite snack, which has high levels of vitamin E, can slash the likelihood of developing the disease – the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the world.

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Those who ate leafy green vegetables slowed their cognitive decline by the equivalent of 11 years, the Experimental Biology conference in Boston heard.

The vitamin, which is also found in nuts, sunflower seeds, avocados and dried apricots, has long been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, although results from previous studies have proved inconsistent.

But now Chinese scientists claim a high consumption of vitamin E through diet or supplements does affect risk levels.

Researchers at the Shanghai Cancer Institute analysed the dietary habits of 132,837 people, and they found that those who had a high intake of vitamin E had a lower risk of developing liver cancer when compared to those who had a low intake of the vitamin. - Daily Mail

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