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December 3, 2004 2:00 am

Citrus fruit attacks childhood cancers

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Orange juice may be highly effective in treating childhood cancer, according to research by Texas A &M University. In a laboratory study, compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells, which account for about 10 per cent of all childhood cancers. Limonoids are present only in citrus fruits.

"Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds," says Ed Harris, who conducted the research with colleague Bhimu Patil. "Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That's the beautiful potential."

Limonoids, like flavonoids, are nutrient-packed pigments that give colour and taste to fruit. The researchers now plan to study the impact of citrus drinks on cancer in humans. www.tamu.edu.

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