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Nuts slash prostate cancer death rates

Nuts slash prostate cancer death rates

Eating nuts could slash the death rates of men suffering from prostate cancer, according to new research.

Experts at Harvard Medical School in Boston tracked 47,000 males over 26 years, 6,800 of which developed the disease. While regular consumption of nuts had a small or no affect in stopping malignant growths, it was found that those who ate 28g of them around five times a week were 34 per cent less likely to die from cancer than those who tucked into nuts once a month or less.

"No significant associations were observed between peanut or other nut consumption and prostate cancer incidence. But frequent nut consumption after diagnosis was associated with significantly reduced overall mortality," the researchers said of their results, published online in the British Journal of Cancer.

"Patients who consumed nuts five or more times per week had a 34 per cent lower rate of overall mortality compared with those who consumed less than once per month.

"This suggests nuts, although not associated with being diagnosed with cancer, may still improve the overall survival of patients."

Nuts are known for their high levels of tocopherols, a type of Vitamin E, which has been linked to combating cancer. They're also full of naturally occurring plant chemicals called phytochemicals, believed to hold anti-cancer properties, and have been linked to protecting against type 2 diabetes and heart disease too.

This follows on from research in 2014 that found eating walnuts significantly lowered the risk of a tumour.

So what counts as a 28g serving of nuts? For pistachios its 45, peanuts come in at 28, 24 almonds are needed, cashews require 16 and walnut halves are 14. Eat them with yoghurt, in a salad or simply by themselves to get the benefits.

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