Study found an element capable of reducing the risk of hereditary cancers by 60%

Deepak Gupta July 31, 2022
Updated 2022/07/31 at 5:40 PM

A study suggests that there is an element present in everyday foods with a surprising ability to help stave off a range of hereditary cancers.

Resistant starch seems to be successful because, exactly, it resists.




The trial was long and the tests took many years to complete. However, the results are encouraging: the study concluded that resistant starch - a molecule resistant to digestion that can be found in many everyday foods such as ripened bananas, oats, peas, beans, rice and pasta - has a surprising ability to help stave off a number of hereditary cancers. .

The study gathered 1,000 Lynch Syndrome patients and followed them for nearly 20 years. This syndrome is an inherited genetic condition that increases an individual's risk of various cancers.

According to a press release, researchers from the universities of Newcastle and Leeds separated the participants into two groups in 1999. After that, until 2025, there was a short period of treatment, during which each patient received a pill. One group took a placebo and the other a daily dose of resistant starch.

John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Newcastle

John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Newcastle

At the end of this treatment period, there was not a considerable difference in the health of the subjects. However, the study was designed to be a follow-up study, so those who took the daily dose of starch were much more likely to be cancer-free nearly 20 years later.

We found that resistant starch reduces a range of cancers by more than 60%. The effect was most obvious in the upper part of the gut. This is important because cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract are difficult to diagnose and are often not caught early.

explained John MathersProfessor of Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, in the press release.

Researchers believe that starch's success is due to its ability to resist. According to the press release, scientists further believe that regular consumption of resistant starch can alter bacterial metabolism of bile acids, preventing them from damaging DNA.

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