“I think it’s essential that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study looking at the effect of helpful chemicals in fruit and vegetables on bowel health in people with a pre cancer or cancer of the bowel
This study looked at how the bowel breaks down chemical compounds called polyphenols, and at how they affect bowel health.
Diets full of fruit and vegetables are linked with a decreased risk of developing age related diseases including cancers of the stomach, bowel and back passage (rectum).
Bowel cancer is strongly linked to diet. Most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 50 years old. Doctors want to understand how diet affects bowel health, so they can recommend diets that may help prevent these diseases.
More about this trial
We know that some compounds in colourful fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, onions and berries gather and build up in the large bowel. These compounds are called polyphenols. They are broken down by
There has only been a small amount of research into how polyphenols in the diet affect bowel health in older adults.
The aim of this study was to compare how gut bacteria break down these compounds in adults over 50 who either have a pre cancerous bowel growth called an adenoma, or bowel cancer, with those who have not.
Summary of results
We have contacted the study team who tell us they don’t expect to be making results available for this study.
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Dr Campbell Roxburgh
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education
University of Glasgow