A study in the journal Nature found that restricting the intake of an amino acid found in red meat and eggs slowed the growth of cancerous tumours in mice. AFP/Inti Ocon
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Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment too.Methionine restriction has already been associated with both anti-aging and weight loss, but its importance to cancerous cells suggested it could also be a promising way to enhance cancer treatment.The researchers first tested methionine restriction in healthy mice to confirm it was having the desired effects on metabolism and then moved to testing it in mice with colorectal cancer and soft tissue tumors known as sarcomas.Tom Sanders, professor emeritus of nutrition and dietetics at King's College London, warned that "there is no evidence from this study to suggest following a vegan diet will help patients with cancer".Locasale said he hoped to eventually test the research in humans with cancer, but noted that nutrition research often struggled for funding because it proposed treatments that were not obviously profitable.
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