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Citrus fruits have miraculous anti-cancer properties
According to a new study, natural compounds present in citrus fruits are said to be effective against breast cancer and some other cancers. The natural compounds present in the citrus fruits hinder the growth of both ER+ (Estrogen Receptor-positive) and ER- (Estrogen Receptor-negative) breast cancer cell growth.

The study was done by taking 14 kg of dried lemon seeds, which were powdered and deflated, and from that nine different types of limonoids were extracted. Out of the nine, seven limonoids showed significant cytotoxicity against ER+ breast cancer cells, while four showed cytotoxicity against ER- cells. Among the nine limonoids, the most potent one was limonin glucoside; this is the most abundant limonoid in the citrus juices.

Not only breast cancer, but the limonoids have also shown cytotoxicity to other types of cancers like colon cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, neuroblastoma, leukemia and others. All these studies show that eating citrus fruits is good for your health. But now the question is: what is the optimum amount of citrus fruits needed to be consumed for the protection against cancer?

A recent study states that more than four 150 gram portions per week of citrus fruits can help in decreasing the following cancers.

- Throat cancer by 58 percent,

- Oral/pharyngeal cancer by 53 percent

- Stomach cancer by 31 percent, and

- Colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

Women consuming around 75 grams of grapefruit per day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 22 percent. According to NaturalNews, the most important thing is selecting the best citrus fruit, which is rich in limonoids.

Usually, the limonoids are present in juice, pulp and seeds of all the citrus fruits. The citrus juice contains around 90 to 300 mg per liter of limonoids. Citrus pulp and peel contain up to 500 mg per kg of limonoid. It is also seen that orange is best citrus fruit which contains 300 mg per liter of the limonoid glucoside, which is the highest.

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