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A type of tree nut native to North America, pecans are known for their buttery and rich flavor. They contain numerous nutrients including;

  • protein
  • dietary fat
  • carbs
  • copper
  • magnesium
  • thiamine
  • phosphorus among others. (1)

Pecans have been extensively studied for their cancer-fighting abilities. Studies suggest that gamma-tocopherol, tocotrienols, flavonoids and phenolic acids present in pecans exhibit protective effects against carcinogenic cells.

As per research gamma-tocopherol and tocotrienols produce stronger anti-inflammatory protection than alpha-tocopherol and help in inhibiting the growth of the cancer cells effectively.

On the other hand, flavonoids and phenolic acids influence the cell signaling pathways and gene expressions which increase antioxidant and anti-inflammatory enzymes that prevent metastasis (spreading of cancer cells from one part to another). (2)

Research suggests that ellagitannins, a type of polyphenols present in pecans have been shown to influence the gene expression that stimulates self-destruction of the cancer cells.

Ellagitannins are converted to ellagic acid and then to a compound known as urolithins that increases antioxidant enzymes that decrease the growth of the carcinogenic cells. (2)

Pecans are a rich source of dietary fiber and healthy fats. According to medical professionals, increased fiber consumption through pecans reduces the risk of cancer as it aids in the removal of carcinogenic cells since it supports healthy gut growth.

Pecans are also known to contain mono and poly-unsaturated fats which protect the body from systemic inflammation that prevents the development of certain cancers. It contains omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid that protects cellular membrane from inflammation and reduces the production of proinflammatory proteins. (3)


  1. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine detected an 18% lower rate of mortality in a group that consumed tree nuts like pecans compared to a control group. (3)
  2. Data based on a study conducted at the Northwestern University of Chicago reveals oleic acid present in pecans inhibits cancerous cell activities by making the cells virtually dormant. This was found in the case of Her-2/neu, the gene responsible for 30% of breast cancer. (4)
  3. Research revealed that aqueous extract from pecan produced cytotoxic effects in breast cancer cell line MCF-7 in BalbC mice which lead to the induction of cell death through apoptosis. (5)
  4. Another study involving water extraction of phenolic compounds from pecan nutshell lead to in vitro cytotoxicity and stimulation of cell death against colon cancer cell line HT-29. (6)
  5. In a study, consumption of pecans along with almonds inhibited the development of azoxymethane-induced precancerous lesions in male rats. (7)

Eat as per your Body Weight
It is crucial that an individual follows portion control during the consumption of nuts. Therefore, follow the rule of one ounce of nuts a day. It is recommended that an individual can consume 15 pecans in a day. (8)

Shelled pecans can be kept in air-tight containers or zip-locked packets in the refrigerator for up to 9 months. To increase the shelf life, you can also freeze them for 2 years, but it is essential to thaw and refrigerate them during the freezing period. (9)

Most pecans do not show side effects, however, some individuals may develop allergic reactions upon consumption of pecans. Symptoms like development of hives and rashes, vomiting, shortness of breath or dizziness can be observed. (10)


  1. Rachael Link. Are Pecans Good for You?
  2. Nuts For Cancer Prevention- Health Benefits and Hype
  3. Kristen Milican. Pecans May Help Protect Us from Cancer
  4. Kristen Milican. The Missing Link: Pecans and Breast Cancer
  5. Research Paper: Aqueous extract from pecan nut [Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh) C. Koch] shell show activity against breast cancer cell line MCF-7 and Ehrlich ascites tumor in Balb-C mice
  6. Research Paper: Extraction of phenolic compounds from the shells of pecan nuts with cytotoxic activity through apoptosis against the colon cancer cell line HT‐29
  7. Research Paper: International Journal of Cancer Research
  8. This is How Many Nuts You Should Really Be Eating Per Day
  9. Tips For Buying & Storing Pecans
  1. Health Benefits of Pecans, Uses And Its Side Effects



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