Breast Cancer Gene Expression Altered by Walnut Consumption

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

In a small clinical study, investigators from Marshall University School of Medicine found that the consumption of two ounces of walnuts per day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers. The findings from the study were published recently in Nutrition Research through an article titled “Dietary walnut altered gene expressions related to tumor growth, survival, and metastasis in breast cancer patients: A pilot clinical trial.”

“Consumption of walnuts has slowed breast cancer growth and/or reduced the risk of mammary cancer in mice,” explained lead study investigator W. Elaine Hardman, PhD, professor in the department of biomedical sciences at Marshall University.  “Building on this research, our team hypothesized that walnut consumption would alter gene expression in pathologically-confirmed breast cancers of women in a direction that would decrease breast cancer growth and survival.”

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