A managed weight-reduction plan that restricts sure amino acids may very well be used as an extra remedy for some most cancers sufferers, in accordance with Most cancers Analysis UK.
Researchers discovered that eradicating two non-essential amino acids, serine and glycine, from the weight-reduction plan of mice slowed the event of tumours.
The weight-reduction plan might additionally make conventional most cancers remedies more practical.
However the report’s authors warn in opposition to following a do-it-yourself weight-reduction plan.
The report by the Most cancers Analysis UK Beatson Institute and the College of Glasgow is printed in Nature.
The researchers discovered that the event of lymphoma and intestinal most cancers slowed in mice fed a weight-reduction plan with out serine and glycine.
The restricted weight-reduction plan additionally made some most cancers cells extra vulnerable to chemical compounds generally known as reactive oxygen species.
These identical chemical compounds are boosted by chemotherapy and radiotherapy suggesting it might make the remedies more practical at killing most cancers cells.
Amino acids are the constructing blocks of proteins however the research’s authors warn in opposition to anybody chopping out protein from their weight-reduction plan.
“Our weight-reduction plan is complicated, and protein – the primary supply of all amino acids – is important for our well being and well-being. Which means sufferers can’t safely lower out these particular amino acids just by following some type of home-made weight-reduction plan,” says Prof Karen Vousden, the research co-author and Most cancers Analysis UK’s chief scientist.
“This type of restricted weight-reduction plan could be a short-term measure and have to be rigorously managed and monitored by medical doctors for security.”
She stated the subsequent step was to do medical trials to see if a specialised weight-reduction plan with out these amino acids was protected and helped sluggish tumour progress prefer it did in mice.
The researchers acknowledged that devising a weight-reduction plan with out these two amino acids could be fairly tough and they’d take a look at it on wholesome folks first to see how tolerable it was and “how straightforward it was to stay to and the way it impacts our ranges of the 2 amino acids”.
Additionally they have to work out which sufferers are more than likely to learn, as they discovered the weight-reduction plan was much less efficient in tumours with an activated Kras gene, which is seen in most pancreatic cancers.
Prof Vousden advised the BBC Information web site the weight-reduction plan could be a “pretty protected and mild method to complement standard therapies, meaning you do not have to take but extra medicine”.