About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Researchers Uncover Dietary Fibre's Cancer-fighting Role

by Sheela Philomena on October 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Font : A-A+

 Researchers Uncover Dietary Fibre's Cancer-fighting Role

According to a recent research, dietary fibre protects and insulates intestines from cancer by transporting antioxidants to the large intestine.

Fibre binds up to 80 percent of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables, thereby protecting the antioxidants from early digestion in the stomach and small intestine, the study found.

Advertisement

Anneline Padayachee at the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation found that fibre acts as an antioxidant trafficker by safely transporting antioxidant nutrients to the colon where they provide protection against cancers like colon cancer.

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, molecules produced when your body breaks down food. They can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Advertisement

"Cells in fruits and vegetables are 'opened' allowing nutrients to be released when they are juiced, pureed or chewed," Padayachee said, according to a Queensland statement.

"In an unexpected twist, I found that after being released from the cell 80 percent of available antioxidant polyphenols bind to plant fibre with minimal release during the stomach and small intestinal phases of digestion."

"Fibre is able to safely and effectively transport polyphenols to the colon where these compounds may have a protective effect on colon health as they are released during plant fibre fermentation by gut bacteria."

This finding also has implications for fresh juice lovers who are throwing out antioxidants along with the fibre-rich pulp they discard.

Padayachee used black carrots, which are rich in two antioxidant polyphenols - anthocyanins and phenolic acids - as a model system in her research to assess why plant-based diets generally result in better gut health.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
COVID Toes
International Yoga Day 2022 - 'Yoga for Humanity'
Wearable Devices Are Now Transforming Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy Management.
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Blood - Sugar Chart Diaphragmatic Hernia Daily Calorie Requirements Accident and Trauma Care Post-Nasal Drip The Essence of Yoga Hearing Loss Calculator Sanatogen Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Drug - Food Interactions

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use