Researchers have discovered a link between the spread of cancer with an amino acid found in a number of different foods including asparagus.
University of Cambridge academic Gregory Hannon conducted tests involving laboratory mice alongside a team of international cancer researchers and found that lowering the consumption of asparagine stopped the spread of triple-negative breast cancer, News.com.au reports.
"The study results are extremely suggestive that changes in diet might impact both how an individual responds to primary therapy and their chances of lethal disease spreading later in life," he said.
While most fruits and vegetables are low in asparagine, dairy products, meat potatoes, legumes, nuts are among other foods rich in the amino acid, which is used by the body to create proteins.
Published in the medical journal Nature, the study adds to growing theories that nutrition plays an important role in the progression of cancer.