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D.iet & H.ealth : C.ancer Last Updated: Nov 12th, 2006 - 20:38:00

Mandarin oranges cut liver cancer risk
By Ben Wasserman
Sep 11, 2006, 23:01

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11 Sept. ( - Eating mandarin oranges or drinking its juice may help lower the risk of liver cancer and other chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, suggested Japanese researchers at a four-day symposium "Functional Foods and Health, part of the 232 national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

In one study, researchers at Kyoto Prefectual University of Medicine found the preventive effect of mandarin orange juice in patients with chronic viral hepatitis. 30 patients were assigned a specially prepared beverage containing mandarin orange juice daily for one year and none of them was diagnosed with liver cancer. In comparison, 8.9 percent of 45 other patients who were not assigned the special beverage were diagnosed with liver cancer, according to Hoyoku Nishino, MD. Ph.D.

Another epidemiological study by Minoru Sugiura, Ph.D. and colleagues at the National Institute of Fruit Tree Science in Japan found an association between heavy consumption of mandarin oranges and lower levels of certain chemical markers in the subjects blood that indicate several health problems including liver disease, atherosclerosis and insulin resistance.

Editor's note: The best way to prevent liver cancer may be to avoid consumption of meat and dairy products, according to some earlier studies. Viral hepatitis and fungal toxins from grains are two major risk factors for liver cancer. However, if you do not eat meat and dairy products, liver damage by fungal toxins and hepatitis viruses can be reduced to minimal. Of course, it's understandable that drinking mandarin orange juice or eating mandarin oranges helps prevent the deadly disease.

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