Avocados could help fight cancer

Fat from fruit could combat form of leukaemia

Fat Found in Avocado Could Help Fight Certain Cancers

There's more to avocados than guacamole or salads. If you see a list of super-foods, foods with good fat profiles or good vitamin content, it's a pretty safe bet that they'll feature.

But their advantages might now go even further.

A new study has revealed fat from the creamy fruit can combat acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a rare but deadly form of the disease.

Fat molecules from avocado tackles leukaemia stem cells, which are the root of the disease, as they grow into abnormal blood cells, Canadian researchers said.

Worldwide, there are few drugs that tackle leukaemia stem cells.

In light of the findings, the researchers hope to create an avocado-derived drug they say could one day significantly increase life expectancy and quality of life for AML patients.

Fruit 'targets leukaemia cells'

AML is a devastating disease and proves fatal within five years for 90 per cent of people over the age of 65.

In healthy people, stem cells in the bone marrow divide and grow to form fully developed mature red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells.

In patients with AML, this process goes awry. Rather than forming into healthy red blood cells, many abnormal leukaemia cells are made.

These are immature cells that aren't able to develop into normal functioning blood cells.

The researchers discovered the fat molecules from avocados, called avocatin B, is able to stop this process, targeting stem cells so healthy blood cells are able to grow, reports the Daily Mail.