A nutrient in red meat improves the immune response against cancer

Transvaccenic acid (TVA), a long-chain fatty acid found in meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals such as cows and sheep, enhances the ability of CD8+ T cells to infiltrate tumors and kill cancer cells , according to a new study carried out by researchers at the University of Chicago (United States) and published in the journal Nature.



The study also showed that patients with higher levels of circulating TVA in the blood responded better to cancer immunotherapy, suggesting that it may have potential as a nutritional supplement to complement clinical oncology treatments. For now, studies have focused on the control of melanoma and colon cancer cells by increasing the ability of CD8+ T cells to infiltrate tumors.

In recent years, the consumption of red meat has received many attacks. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) considered processed meat products and red meat in general to be “probably carcinogenic.” In recent times, and thanks to research, this WHO standard has been refined. And this study seems to be going down this path.

In any case, at Anafric we promote a balanced diet where you eat everything in the right amount: no more, but no less.




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