Resistant Starch Reduces The Likelihood of Developing Certain Cancers
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we believe that diet plays an integral role in determining your health. How you choose to fuel your body will shape your future health outcomes. Hence, taking a proactive approach to your health is paramount.
Research conducted over the past two decades has found that resistant starch can help to reduce the occurrence of certain types of cancers. Health Wise is always trying to share valuable health information with our community. Spend the next five minutes reading this short article to learn more about this interesting study on diet and cancer prevention!
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Research On Resistant Starches
Carried out from 1999 to 2005, the study was conducted on a large group of 918 participants who had a genetic predisposition to cancer (including colorectal, gastric, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, urinary tract, kidney, bile duct, small bowel & brain).
Approximately half of the participants were given a daily dose of 30 grams of resistant starch (the equivalent of a non-ripe banana daily). The other half were given a placebo.
Resistant Starch Reduce Certain Cancers
Following up after 20 years, the results showed that the participants who took the daily dose of resistant starch developed 5 cases of cancer over the study period, compared to the placebo group who developed 21 cases.
The results of the study showed compelling evidence for resistant starch cutting the risk of upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Upper GI cancers include gastric, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers.
Upper GI cancers are difficult to catch and are often not caught early.
The results of the study are promising however more research is still required.
What is Resistant Starch?
Resistant starch is a type of starch that passes through the small intestine and ferments in the large intestines, where it helps to fuel beneficial gut bacteria. This type of starch is naturally occurring in foods that include:
mildly green bananas
It can also be purchased in powdered or supplement form.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Tip
Rice is a good source of resistant starch especially when it is left to cool after cooking. Cooling rice will lead to the formation of hydrogen bonds between the amylose molecules outside the rice grains which also turns it into resistant starch.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rice is utilized for its ability to strengthen qi and blood of the spleen and stomach. Sprouted rice is also a common herb in Chinese medicine and is commonly used for weak digestion and poor appetite.
We advise you to consult a medical professional before making any major dietary changes alone.
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