When the nutrient was fed to mice, the growth potential of melanoma and colon cancer cells was found to have ‘significantly reduced,’ said the study.

A nutrient found in dairy and meat products shows the potential to kill cancer cells and could boost clinical treatments for the illness, according to a recent study.

The study, published in the Nature Journal on Nov. 22, analyzed 235 bioactive molecules found in food. It looked for compounds capable of activating a group of immune cells called CD8+ T known to kill cancerous or virally infected cells. Researchers found that Trans-vaccenic acid (TVA) improved the ability of CD8+ T cells to infiltrate tumors and potentially kill cancer cells. TVA is a long-chain fatty acid found in meat and dairy products from grazing animals like cows and sheep.
In addition, cancer patients with higher TVA levels circulating in the blood were also found to respond better to immunotherapy.

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