Avocados are often praised for their health benefits, from being packed with vitamins to being good for your skin, but now they could hold the key to help fight a rare form of leukaemia.
Professor Paul Spagnuolo at the Canada University of Waterloo has identified a lipid – a group of naturally occurring molecules – within avocados, which fights against acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
AML is a rare form of blood cancer which is most common in people over the age of 65. According to Cancer Research, around 8,600 people are diagnosed with leukaemia each year, 2,600 of which are diagnosed with AML. Around 90 per cent of people diagnosed with AML over the age of 65 die within the first five years.