In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2009, peaches, or an extract made from them, was shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells along both the MDA-MB-435 and MCF-7 cancer cell lines by 50%. (i) The same study also looked at another stone fruit- plums. In the study, plums, or an extract made from them, was also found to inhibit the growth of MDA-MB-435 cells. In another study published by the same journal in 2014, compounds in peaches and plums called polyphenols were shown to inhibit breast cancer cell growth by inducing apoptosis (or cell death) of cancer cells without affecting normal healthy cells. (ii)
In September 2015, in a study published in the journal Plant Foods and Human Nutrition in Dordecht in the Netherlands, peaches were also shown to contain bioactive compounds with antioxidant properties. (iii) Antioxidants have been shown to have a preventive effect on cancer. (iv)
It’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t like peaches. While usually available year-round, plums are in season May through early October. Peaches are in season May through September.