Sydney: Faba beans have potent antioxidant properties that could beat cancer and hypertension besides helping you stay in shape, according to an Australian research which yielded an insight into the mechanism that inhibited the cancer cell multiplication.Doctoral student Siem Siah from Charles Sturt University (CSU) applied phenolic compounds from Nura and Rossa faba beans to five different cancer cell lines in lab experiments at Wagga Wagga.In all cases, the rate of cancer cell death was accelerated. Siah said: "We know that antioxidant properties are potentially linked to anti-cancer properties, so we were trying to look for the connections."Phenolic compounds are chemicals largely responsible for colour, metabolism and defensive mechanisms. Because they play a strong protective role against insects, they are often found in seed coats and hulls, reports the British Journal of Nutrition.
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