Nuts can help to beat the odds in a deadly cancer

Could the answer to fighting colon cancer grow on trees?

It very well might — in the form of nuts!

That’s what researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology discovered in a study on the role that regularly eating nuts plays in warding off a return of stage III colon cancer.

They will present those exciting results at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago, but it’s worth noting that they’re not the first scientists to conclude that nuts may be the closest thing to a magic bullet where reducing the risk of colon cancer is concerned.

In fact, it’s looking more and more as if making a simple dietary change can not only help prevent a return of this deadly cancer, but perhaps keep you from developing it in the first place.

And fortunately, the most effective varieties in fighting cancer are also some of the tastiest and versatile: tree nuts.

Being a ‘health nut’

Nuts are fast becoming known as one of the healthiest additions you can make to your diet.

They’re packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E and compounds that can help to lower your cholesterol. Adding more nuts to your diet can protect your heart, lower your risk of having a deadly blood clot and even protect the lining of your arteries!

And now we know they play a big role in preventing a return of colon cancer as well.

After analyzing the records of 826 patients treated for stage III colon cancer with chemo, the Clinical Oncology researchers found that those who consumed two or more ounces of nuts per week were able to cuttheir chances of having their cancer return practically in half. The nut eaters were also able to slash their odds of dying from the disease by a whopping 57 percent.

As I said, the nuts found to be beneficial were tree nuts, which include cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, peanuts didn’t appear to have that protective effect, despite being the most popular variety.

But this isn’t the first time researchers have found that eating nuts can have a huge effect in keeping colon cancer at bay.

Last year, we told you how some South Korean scientists found that merely eating a small handful of nuts — around half an ounce — three or more times a week could lower the risk of colon cancer in men by almost 70 percent and in women by 81 percent.

Then there was the Harvard study showing that men with prostate cancer who regularly ate just a third of a cup of tree nuts for five days a week decreased their chances of dying from the disease by over a third.

And those aren’t the only health benefits that researchers have determined that munching on those tasty little morsels can bring you. For example:

  • Researchers from the Imperial College London who examined numerous published studies found that just eating half-an-ounce of nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by close to a third.
  • Other studies found that regularly eating nuts can cut your risk of respiratory ailments in half and of developing diabetes by 40 percent.

So remember — if you want to stay healthy, it looks like nuts are a must on your menu.

Just don’t let any of those low-fat fanatics (which includes the “nutrition” staff at the FDA!) try to tell you that nuts are too high in fat. That outmoded concept should have been tossed out the kitchen window a long time ago.