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Are Black Raspberries Cancer Fighters?

Black raspberries may be the next superfood to get public attention. A study in mice has found that these antioxidant-rich berries can prevent colorectal cancer. The mice were genetically engineered to develop a high incidence of intestinal cancer. They were then randomly assigned to receive either a high-fat diet low in vitamin D or the same diet supplemented with 10 percent black raspberry powder.
The mice fed freeze dried black raspberry were roughly half as likely to develop colorectal cancer as the control rodents. This isn’t the first time that black raspberries have shown promise in an animal model. Their high level of antioxidant compounds suggest they have potential against inflammation and cancer. Further studies are needed to determine whether these promising animal results will hold up in human clinical trials.
[Cancer Prevention Research, online Nov. 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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