Berries May Be Potent Anti-Carcinogens
Byline: RICHARD HALLORAN
The last 5 years have seen radical changes taking place in terms of what constitutes a healthy food.
A case in point is the recent research carried out at Hillsborough (ARINI) confirming the anti-carcinogenic properties of beef produced from cattle reared, for the most part, on grazed grass.
It has been known, of course, for some time that fruit and vegetables contain a wide array of compounds reported to have anti-cancer activity in cell cultures.
But over the past year the research focus has turned to a range of berries n including strawberries and raspberries
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the United States are currently investigating an assortment of berries for their ability to inhibit the growth of cell lines originally cultured from breast and cervical tumours.
And the preliminary findings are so promising that clinical trials are now in the offing.
What is known is that various extracts from raspberries and strawberries cut the growth of breast cancer cell lines and cervical cancer cell lines by more than half. …