Blueberries Fight Cancer (And How to Maximize Their Power)
Need another reason to enjoy sweet, succulent berries?How about warding off colon cancer.
Blueberries Fight Cancer: 57% Less Pre-Cancerous Growths
Researchers at Rutgers and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) teamed up to investigate pterostilbene’s cancer-fighting effects. In the study, rats were given azoxymethane—a compound that causes colon cancer. Half of the animals were then placed on a balanced daily diet, while the other animals were given the same diet supplemented with pterostilbene.
At the end of the eight-week study period, the rats that were given pterostilbene showed 57% fewer pre-cancerous lesions in their colon than those in the control group.
Blueberries: Getting The Most
Make delicious, antioxidant-rich organic blueberries a mainstay in your diet. Because they are one of the crops most heavily contaminated with pesticides (called The Dirty Dozen), always be sure to buy organic. A great way to keep them on hand is to buy them frozen. Whirl into smoothies or just thaw and enjoy for a cancer-fighting treat.
Learn more about colon cancer and diet:
- The Link Between High Blood Sugar and Colon Cancer
- Garlic and Colon Cancer (Cut Your Risk By 30%!)
- Probiotics Fight Cancer (And The Best Sources)