Researchers correlate antioxidant rich foods with colon cancer
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that the production of high levels of metabolites in the gut microbiome – which can be correlated with the consumption of certain bacteria found in antioxidant rich foods such as black tea and hot cocoa – can be linked to the development of certain types cancer, the university announced.
While the Hebrew University notes that cancer mutations are "not necessarily bad actors, in and of themselves," they explain that these types of diets create gut floras that act as hospitable environments for mutated genes and more specifically the development of colorectal (colon) cancer, The Jerusalem Post reported.
A close analysis identified the culprit: gut flora that produces metabolites, aka "antioxidants", which are found in high concentrations in foods such as black tea, hot chocolate, nuts and berries. Tellingly, when the scientists fed mice an antioxidant-rich diet, their gut flora accelerated p53's cancer-driver mode. This finding is of particular concern to those patients with a family history of colorectal cancer.