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Carrots 'ward off cancer'

Carrots could help protect against the risk of cancer, according to new research.

Writing in the latest edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a British-based team of scientists has outlined how a compound in the vegetable possesses anti-cancer properties.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne said that falcarinol - the compound in question - cut the risk of cancer in rats by as much as a third.

Now the team are aiming to develop the research, with the ultimate aim of establishing a new range of cancer drugs.

It is also thought the findings could help improve growers understanding of the vegetable.

Researcher Dr Kirsten Brandt commented: "We already know that carrots are good for us and can reduce the risk of cancer but until now we have not known which element of the vegetable has these special properties."

The team studied 24 rats for 18 weeks, comparing those feeding on carrots and those following a standard diet.

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