(03/29/2019)
Spencer's WV Black Walnut Festival could have some encouraging news in revitalizing the walnut, in recent years rather difficult to find at the festival.

New research from Marshall University suggests eating walnuts could suppress the growth of breast cancers.

A Marshall University team led by W. Elaine Hardman, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, revealed that consuming 2 ounces of walnuts a day for about two weeks significantly changed gene expression in confirmed breast cancers, a news release from Marshall said.

The trial was published March 10 in the journal "Nutritional Research." The work is the latest of a series of studies at Marshall in connection to walnut consumption and its effect on tumor growth, survival and metastasis in breast cancer.

“These results support the hypothesis that, in humans, walnut consumption could suppress growth and survival of breast cancers,” Hardman said.

“Additional research through a larger-scale study would be needed to clinically confirm that walnut consumption actually does reduce the risk of breast cancer or breast cancer recurrence.”


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