THIS NATURAL SUGAR SUPPLEMENT
COULD HELP FIGHT CANCER
Mannose — a nutritional supplement — found naturally in fruits such as cranberries can aid in slowing the growth of tumours and improve cancer treatment, a study has shown.
Mannose enhanced the effects of chemotherapy in mice with multiple types of cancer. It slowed tumour growth, reduced the size of tumours and even helped increase the lifespan of some mice. Tumours use more glucose than healthy tissues. However, it is very hard to control the amount of glucose in your body through diet alone. Researchers found that mannose can interfere with glucose to reduce how much sugar cancer cells can use. “Tumours need a lot of glucose to grow, so limiting the amount they can use should slow cancer progression.
In our study, we found a dosage of mannose that could block enough glucose to slow tumour growth in mice, but not so much that normal tissues were affected,” said lead author Kevin Ryan, professor at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute. “This is early research, but it is hoped that inding this perfect balance means that, in the future, mannose could be given to cancer patients to enhance chemotherapy without damaging their overall health,” he added.