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Cancer Fighting Onions ~ [Issue 1204-1]  Wellness Weekly
 Dec 08, 2004 06:26 PST 


Cornell University scientists say flavorful onions, such as New York
Bold or Western Yellow, and shallots can stop the growth of liver and
colon cancer cells. "No one knows yet how many daily servings of
onions you would have to eat to maximize protection against cancer,
but our study suggests that people who are more health-conscious
might want to go with the stronger onions rather than the mild ones,"
says study leader Dr. Rui Hai Liu. Researchers have known onions may
help fight cancer, but the new preliminary study, reported in the
"Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry," goes a step beyond,
comparing cancer-fighting abilities among 10 commonly consumed
varieties and shallots, which resemble onions but, in fact, are a
separate species. The types with the strongest flavor had the highest
antioxidant activity, an indication they may be better able to
destroy charged molecules called free radicals, an excess of which is
thought to increase the risk of disease, particularly cancer, the
researcher says.
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