Milk may be a true superhero in the fight against colon cancer, thanks to lactoferricin4-14 (Lfcin4-14), a protein with known health effects.

A new study, completed by a team of scientists at the University of Lund in Sweden and published in the October issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, found that Lfcin4-14 reduced the growth rate of colon cancer cells exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. And those cells were better able to repair the damage that occurred to their DNA from UV light exposure. Read the Journal of Dairy Science abstract here.

"These changes support our hypothesis that Lfcin4-14 treatment resulted in increased DNA repair," says lead ressearch Stina Oredsson. "Our data suggest that the effects of Lfcin4-14 in prolonging the cell cycle may contribute to the cancer preventive effect of milk."

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