So, I think I’m one of the few people who actually likes doing research so I decided to do research on tumors in rats because… why not? Remember that these also transfer to nutrition for humans so these are all things you can incorporate into your own diet for the same benefits
Foods that have been show to prevent tumors in rat studies:
- Apples have been found to prevent mammary tumors in rats (and people).
- Soy has also been found to reduce mammary tumors in rats. Results are mixed, but none have found a negative effect.
Constantinou, A., Lantvit, D., Hawthorne, M., Xu, X., Breemen, R. V., & Pezzuto, J. (2001). Chemopreventive Effects of Soy Protein and Purified Soy Isoflavones on DMBA-Induced Mammary Tumors in Female Sprague-Dawley Rats. Nutrition and Cancer, 41(1), 75-81.
- Oranges. Yes, ORANGES! Many people think that oranges are bad for rats and yes, they’re right. Male rats have a protein called alpha2u-globulin, not present in female rats, which binds to d-limonene and causes kidney tumors in males. d-limonene is found in citrus (like oranges) as well as things like mango. The same d-limonene that causes tumors in males protects female rats from mammary tumors.
Kossoy, G., Ben-Hur, H., Stark, A., Zusman, I., & Madar, Z. (2001). Effects of a 15% orange-pulp diet on tumorigenesis and immune response in rats with colon tumors. Oncology Reports, 8(6), 1387-1391.
And unrelated to tumors, but the magic of blueberries. Blueberries (technically the polyphenolics in blueberries) were shown to slow age-related cognitive decline in rats. This includes things like object memory, spacial memory, and learning. Blueberries are also linked with strengthening neural connections and stimulating neuroregeneration. So, blueberries help prevent rats from losing brain functioning as they age.
Andres-Lacueva, C., Shukitt-Hale, B., Galli, R. L., Jauregui, O., Lamuela-Raventos, R. M., & Joseph, J. A. (2005). Anthocyanins in aged blueberry-fed rats are found centrally and may enhance memory. Nutritional Neuroscience, 8(2), 111-120.
Anonymous said: What's waddlesworth's secret to such a long healthy life??
I literally have no idea! He’s a rescue so I’m not really sure what his background is. I’m pretty convinced that he’s originally from a breeder just because he is so healthy. He’s never had a URI and has no sign of hind end degeneration or weakness. He was neutered by the rescue I got him from so that perhaps might be helping him along, but in general my rats have been really healthy. Badger and Templeton are about 3 years old and Cheerio is about 2 1/2 years old.
I feed Badger, Templeton, and Waddlesworth Glucerna daily just to help them maintain their weight.