St. David's HealthCare - November 28, 2016

As you make your way from one holiday celebration to another, you can rejoice in the fact that there may be at least one party food option that it’s alright to indulge in, celery. Apigenin, a natural substance found in celery, parsley, and other fruits and vegetables has been found to slow the progression of cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Missouri reported their findings in the May 2012 online journal, Hormones and Cancer. Apigenin was tested specifically against breast cancer cells that are found to be progesterone – receptor positive and this chemical was found to have a shrinking effect on tumor cells.

Unfortunately, Apigenin is not a wonder drug or a substitute for treatment. Currently, more research is underway to determine the way Apigenin works, its effectiveness and future uses.

This is good food for thought for the seasonal party attendee or planner!

So remember, if you find yourself surveying the buffet, pondering an appetizer tray, or planning your own holiday get-together, consider celery, and the little war it may be waging on breast cancer one stick at a time.

Holiday recipe – Stuffed Celery

Apigenin is also found in other foods (source):

  • Apples
  • Chamomile
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Cilantro
  • Endive
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Tea
  • Beans and barley

Happy Holidays,


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