Oral Cancer Risk Cut by Citrus Fruit

Daily Mail

08-23-06

EATING citrus fruit regularly can halve the risk of developing oral cancers.

An extensive study into the relationship between diet and mouth cancers showed that the participants who ate the most citrus fruits were substantially less likely to have pre-cancerous changes in the mouth.

Researchers from the Harvard University School of Public Health traced more than 40,000 people for almost 20 years, monitoring their diets and testing for pre-cancer symptoms every four years. The results suggest that citrus fruits and juices were the most effective at preventing the development of oral cancers, and that even smokers benefited from this preventive effect. It is thought the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C-rich citrus fruits are responsible for the cancer-fighting benefits.