More on Nutrients and Cancer - 2
February 23, 2004

Berries and Cancer
Among the findings that may improve protection from cancer are the cancer-fighting properties of phytochemicals in berries.
Anticancer Activity Found in Berry Extracts
    "Extracts from strawberry and blueberry significantly decreased the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells," says Wedge. 
    "Extracts of Sweet Charlie strawberry were most effective in decreasing the growth of breast cancer cells, and it did so by 77 percent. Premier blueberry was most effective—81 percent—at decreasing the growth of cervical cancer cells."
    "Preliminary results obtained by Larcom indicate that other blueberry and raspberry components significantly suppress cancer-causing cell mutations produced by direct-acting and metabolically activated carcinogens."

Red Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Some Nuts Fight Cervical, Prostate Cancers
    This last article states that "I found that one of the most amazing things about raspberries is that one cup a week stops prostate cancers (all prostate cancers) from growing for one week." 
1. Ellagic acid stops cancer cells from dividing in 48 hours. 
2. Ellagic acid causes normal cell death (apoptosis) within 72 hours in cases of breast, pancreas, esophageal, skin, colon and prostate cancers. 
3. Ellagic acid prevents the destruction of the p53 gene that leads to cancer. 
4. HPV (human papilloma virus) exposed to ellagic acid from red raspberries experienced apoptosis (normal cell death). 
5. Consuming one cup (150 grams) of red raspberries per day prevents the development of cancer cells.
Ellagic acid (found in strawberries, red raspberries, and blueberries,
    "* is anti-bacterial and destroys the H. pylori bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers, 
      * protects the liver and liver function, 
      * binds with carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer) making them inactive, 
      * prevents carcinogens from binding to DNA, 
      * and reduces glucose levels (aids in management of diabetes)."
Inhibition of Cancer by Blueberries

Berries--the Best Overall Fruit for Your Health
    Mentions blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries.

Scientists See Anti-Aging, Cancer-Fighting Properties in Wild Blueberries

Health - Blueberries

Black Raspberries to Fight Colon Cancer

    These are a few of the many, many articles discussing berries as cancer fighters.
    What I find striking is that these berries seem to fight existing cancers. Are they chemotherapy agents?

To be continued.


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