Eat spinach and keep Cancer at bay!

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Yes you heard it right, scientist believe that eating spinach can actually reduce the risk of getting colon tumours from 58% to 32%.

For all those from the old school f genetics may say that this may not be true, as variations at the genetic level can actually make a person prone to cancer, and offset the occurrence of it as well. But the world of oncogenetics just got more complicated. Scientists believe that though this may be true, there are other factors involved in the development of cancer and tumours. There has been, over the recent years, a keen interest in the role of epigenetics (factors out of genetics), such as diet, environmental toxins, lifestyle etc. which may be playing a role in diseases.

One such key epigenetic factor, which has baffled scientists are micro RNA. No one till date has put a finger on what role these tiny fragments of RNA have, except for expressing and silencing genetic codes. The best part, they do so without manipulating them genetically.  So hence they play an important role when it comes to gene expression which may eventually lead to or supress the formation of cancer cells.

Being an epigenetic factor it deos not make permanent changes in the genetic material, giving us the opportunity to control them with lifestyle choices, drugs and even….. diet!

So from now on when  you think of chucking the vegies on your plate think twice, there is considerable scientific evidence saying it is in fact good for you!

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mnfr.201200117/abstract;jsessionid=136447C46CAB607B6E48A8B33EE50686.d02t01

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One response to “Eat spinach and keep Cancer at bay!

  1. Pingback: Epigenetics is far more important than Genetics « The Epigenetics Project Blog·

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