Friday, July 27, 2007

Eat your Blueberries!! to slash the risk of cancer.

Berries are rich in something called flavonoids.. which are potent antioxidants - what does that mean? well they are scavengers for the stuff in our body that we don't need.. those things called free radicals - in a word the aging molecules - which easily interfere with the healthy function and reproduction of our cells.

Researchers in the US at Rutgers University and the US Dept of Agriculture made joint study on animals and found that the compound found in blueberries, called pterostilbene, lessened pre-cancerous lesions and inhibited the genes involved in inflammation.
Their study showed that eating blueberries reduced the rate of colon cancer in rats by a staggering 57 percent! Well of course we are not rats - but this study gives us some very interesting information that backs up previous research that tells us eating our berries, particularly blueberries on a daily basis can really help to keep us healthy.

A great start to your day can be some good quality whey protein to assist the action of your insulin and keep obesity at bay - combined with a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries - preferably organic - blended together with milk, soy milk or water.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for pointing out the benefits of blueberries - the fruit equivalent of cruciferous vegetables. I often hear people wonder if research on rats is applicable to humans, but, every food item that has been shown to lower the risk of cancer in humans, has been shown in other studies to lower the risk of cancer in animals.

Lynne Eldridge MD
Author, "Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time"