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Raspberries May Kill Breast Cancer Cells

Past studies have shown that antioxidants in red raspberry extract may help destroy colon and stomach cancer cells. Now new research shows that these antioxidants may be even more effective at fighting breast cancer.

The recent study was conducted by the Department of Nursing at Clemson University and their findings were published in the November 2010 issue of the journal Nutrition Research.

For the study, the researchers treated stomach, colon and breast cancer cells with a raspberry extract. The researchers found that the berry extract effectively killed 10% of the stomach and colon cancer cells.

The effect was much more pronounced with breast cancer cells, however, with the berry extract shown to effectively kill 90% of the cells. The researchers found that a combination of compounds in the berry extract were responsible for killing the cells but antioxidants were the largest player and were responsible for killing 50% of the cells.

Berries of various types have been receiving an increasing amount of attention for their health properties due to their high levels of antioxidants. Blueberries in particular have taken center stage because they are the most antioxidant packed common fruit.

Studies have shown that blueberries may be effective for decreasing the risk of dementia, aiding in weight management and reducing cholesterol. They are also easy to add to your diet because they go well with pancakes, salads and smoothies.

Cranberries, on the other hand, have long been known to treat and prevent urinary tract infections and recent studies have also found that they may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Acai berries, blackberries and raspberries are also packed with beneficial antioxidants.

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