Every glass of citrus juice we drink may strike a blow against breast cancer, suggests a new study at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Researchers gave mice either double-strength orange or grapefruit juice or plain drinking water.
After the mice were injected with human breast-cancer cells, the juice groups got 50% fewer tumors, and the tumors were 50% less likely to spread. What did it? Two special compounds, hesperidin in oranges and naringin in grapefruit, may be partly responsible, researchers say.
Keep in mind that what works in animals doesn’t always work in people – we’ll need more studies to find that out. And no one’s suggesting we drink nothing but juice. But doesn’t a nice cold glass of orange juice sound sweeter than ever?