According to a recent study from Italy, tomatoes can slow down stomach cancer by inhibiting cell growth when eaten in its entirety.
A team of researchers analyzed whole tomato extracts for their capability to tackle different features of the stomach cancer. The scientists took extracts from the common varieties San Marzano and Corbarino. The results of the analysis showed that both extracts affected cancer cells’ ability to spread and develop and contribute to the cells’ death.
Professor Antonio Giordano, one of the authors of the study, says: “Our results prompt further assessment of the potential use of specific nutrients not only in the cancer prevention setting but also as a supportive strategy along with conventional therapies.”
With 1 in 111 adults develop stomach, or gastric, cancer at some point in the lifetime. Stomach cancer is one of the most painful forms of cancer, but for many patients, pain is not one of the early warning signs of the coming disease.
Umut Sarpel, MD, an associate professor and surgical oncologist at New York’s Mount Sinai Health System explains that the most common feature of stomach cancer’s early stages may be that it causes no symptoms at all.