Medical research can often throw up a variety of interesting remedial processes that can be triggered by certain ingredients found in everyday food items.

Unexpected results can often arise as part of the ongoing battle to discover asbestosis treatments able to prevent the spread of the fatal malignant mesothelioma, which to date, has resisted all attempts of a final cure.

One area of study which has been a source of continuing interest is intervention in cellular function and the suppression of specific protein ‘expression’, which can appear to prevent the further growth and spread of mesothelioma cells.

Recent studies have found, for example, that the traditional Asian spice, curcumin, is not only a powerful powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but could influence cellular processes. Likewise, the action of specific natural compounds found in red wine have shown positive outcomes in recent investigation into mesothelioma cell suppression.

New research published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine has uncovered further examples of natural compounds called flavanoids found in common fruits, vegetables and grains, which could also play a significant role towards influencing protein behaviour and inducing cell death in certain types of cancer cells. Specific food items include red apple skins, red onions and even tea.

Recent studies into breast cancer conducted on laboratory mice found that a formula containing the same compound reduced the size of breast cancer tumours and helped prevent it spread to the lungs. It is known that up to 35 per cent of cancer cases can be linked with poor nutrition and patients who can maintain a healthy dietary regime often have a better survival rate.

The importance of palliative care and careful attention to nutrition has also been highlighted post surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Life expectancy rates can be extended beyond the average 4 to 12 months and in some instances, mesothelioma patients are known to have lived for a further 2 to 5 years.

Diets rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and dairy products as well as certain carbohydrates, such as potatoes and whole wheat pasta are considered the most healthy. While general nutritional guidelines advocate that fruits and vegetables make up at least 50 percent of a daily diet, it is always vitally important to first take advice from a GP or healthcare specialist.