Common vegetable element may prevent leukemia

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A naturally occuring and common component of fruits and vegetables could help you prevent leukemia, according to Maikel Peppelenbosch and colleagues of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The component is a flavinoid known as apigenin. It can be found in celery, parsley, tomato sauce, and red wine, and according to researchers, it appears to stop leukemia cells from developing and could become a useful preventative agent for leukemia.

Researchers caution however that apigenin also appears to have a resistence to chemotherapy, meaning it would be contra-indicated for people currently undergoing such regimens.

Read more at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

By Ross Bonander

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