Scientists at the University of Chicago have discovered that a compound in red meat, dairy and other products might help your body’s immune cells fight off tumors.
The compound, known as trans-vaccenic acid or TVA, seems to activate the T cells in your body, which help your immune system fight germs and protect you from disease.
TVA is found in the meat of ruminants such as cows, sheep and other mammals, and their dairy products like milk, cheese, butter and yogurt.
Published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the study also finds that cancer patients who have higher levels of TVA in their blood had a better response to immunotherapy.
That discovery suggested to the researchers that TVA might be useful as a supplement during cancer treatment.
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