Blueberries May Help Fight Breast Cancer

Eating blueberries may inhibit breast cancer tumor growth, according to a recent study by researchers at the City of Hope in Los Angeles that is published in the October 2011 issue of The Journal Of Nutrition. The study found that the oral intake of whole blueberry powder could reduce the growth and metastasis of a very aggressive form of breast cancer (triple-negative cancer) – for which there are very few effective drugs.

“We searched fruits with the ability to suppress the proliferation and migration of triple-negative breast cancer cells. Blueberries were found to have such properties,” says Dr. Shiuan Chen, senior author of the publication.

“Super food” blueberries are known for being rich in flavonoids and proanthocyanidins, and these phytochemicals have been shown to both affect cell growth and fight free radicals with their antioxidant properties. To test the cancer-fighting qualities of blueberries, researchers conducted two studies on mice with tumors derived from aggressive cancer cells.

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