Fight Cancer with a Boost of Berries

berriesIt has been well established that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is  helpful in preventing many diseases including cancer.

What has also been feverishly investigated is the effects of berries on the  body. Some researchers have studied the health benefit of specific berries while  others have focused on isolating the health-promoting bioactive compounds that  give berries their claim to fame.

Some of the known cancer-preventive agents present in berries include  vitamins A, C, and E and folic acid; calcium and selenium; beta-carotene,  alpha-carotene, and lutein; phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol and  stigmasterol; triterpene esters; and phenolic
molecules such as anthocyanins,  flavonols, proanthocyanidins, ellagitannins, and phenolic acids. Berries contain  high levels of a diverse range of phytochemicals, most of which are phenolic  molecules.

If you're not familiar with the majority of these compounds then don't worry.  They are all more or less different types of antioxidants. That berries exhibit  potent antioxidative properties is widely accepted, but their biological  properties extend beyond
antioxidation.

In fact, berries also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, are able to  inhibit cell proliferation, modulate cell cycle arrest, and induce apoptosis  (programmed cell death) in cancer cells with little or no negative effects in  normal cells.

These traits make berries an awesome addition to any health-minded diet.

For example, a 2006 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry  showed that blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, red raspberry,  and strawberry extracts inhibit the growth of human oral, breast, colon, and  prostate cancer cells.

In 2006, the journal Nutrition and Cancer published a 6-month  cancer-preventive pilot study that was conducted by administering 32g or 45g  (female and male, respectively) of freeze dried black raspberry powder (BRB) to  patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), a pre-cancerous esophageal  condition.

BE's importance lies in the fact that it confers a 30-40-fold increased risk  for the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma, a rapidly increasing and  extremely deadly form of cancer. At the time of the publication, interim  findings from 10 patients with BE supported the finding that daily consumption  of BRB promoted reductions in two markers of oxidative stress.

So it goes without saying that berries are a blessing. As a rule of thumb,  any food (or berry) that has a deep colourful hue will most likely be a high  source of antioxidants. The key is to incorporate a wide variety of different  colours in order to benefit from all their respective antioxidant  properties.

Add berries to your smoothies, to your morning cereal and salads, or enjoy  them on their own. Here's a berry-licious recipe to get your taste buds  started:

Berry Fusion Breakfast

½ cup each of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
¼ cup  goji berries, soaked (optional)
4 tbsp shredded dried coconut
1 cup rice or nut milk of choice

1. Combine berries in a bowl, sprinkle coconut overtop, and top with milk.

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