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Can Cantaloupes Help Prevent Cancer?

•, By Dr. Michelle Kmiec
 Certainly most of us enjoy this amazingly sweet fruit on a hot summer day, but I bet you didn’t know just how good it is for you!

Cantaloupes have one of the highest concentrations of vitamin A among all fruits! Around 3500 IU per ½ pound of an average sized cantaloupe.

Vitamin A is already known for helping with night vision, and is now also making itself known as an anti-cancer vitamin.

A recent study published in The Journal Nucleic Acids Research found a link between prostate cancer and Retinoic acid (a metabolite of vitamin A -retinol):

“All-trans retinoic acid therapy (ATRA) is already used in another cancer – acute promyelomcytic leukaemia (APL) – and has been hugely successful in improving survival rates from 0% to 80%.”

Interestingly, vitamin A metabolites have already been used in cancer treatments, though sadly, combined with toxic chemotherapy:

“Retinoids are used to treat cancer, in part because of their ability to induce differentiation and arrest proliferation.”

Another powerful punch Cantaloupes offer is flavonoids. More and more research is finally being done regarding the role flavonoids play in cancer prevention. In 2011, the following was published in The Journal of Environmental Science and Health:

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