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Strawberries Reduce Cancer Related Molecular Events

 It may not be the first type of cancer you worry about.

But, esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in the world

There are additional factors that can even raise your risk further:

  • Tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • A virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
  • Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring fiber that’s used in certain manufacturing industries

 

The good news it that a recent study found that simple strawberries may be an affordable and commonly found prevention tool to stave off this deadly disease.

Frozen berries are even better because by removing the water from the berries, the concentrate of the preventive substances increase by nearly tenfold.

Lead researcher Tong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, division of medical oncology, department of internal medicine at The Ohio State University and member of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center explains:

“We concluded from this study that six months of eating strawberries is safe and easy to consume. In addition, our preliminary data suggests that strawberries can decrease histological grade of precancerous lesions and reduce cancer-related molecular events.”
Study participants consumed 60 grams of freeze dried strawberries daily for six months and completed a dietary diary chronicling their strawberry consumption.

The researchers obtained biopsy specimens before and after strawberry consumption. The results showed that 29 out of 36 participants experienced a decrease in histological grade of the precancerous lesions during the study.

With little downside and big risk reduction, consuming strawberries regularly might be something you want to consider…particularly if you have any of the above risk factors.

Have a healthy day,

Larry Berman

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