Citrus fruits contain hesperidin, an antioxidant flavonoid compound that interferes with the growth of breast cancer cells.
Hesperidin inhibited the growth and replication of breast cancer cells in a laboratory study. Scientists think that hesperidin might interrupt certain cellular pathways involved in hormone receptor binding in cancerous cells. Therefore, this nutrient is particularly effective in preventing, and slowing the development of, hormone-related cancers.
Hesperidin is found abundantly in oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.