Strawberry Vs. Cancer

30Jun11

Emma Brown, an academic at the University of Ulster, and who won the UK Young Scientist of the Year award in 2006, has spent the past three years conducting investigations into the cancer-fighting potential of soft fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, and lingonberries), exposing Human colonic cancer cells at various stages of development to the digested juice and pulp of the fruit, so that the cancer cells were exposed to – and reacted to – the fruit in the state it would be in the gut.

Three positive effects of the strawberries have apparently been identified, including a slowing of the rate of replication of the cancer cells, and an improvement to resistance to DNA damage.

Source: PhD for strawberry breakthrough [Yahoo! News, 27th June 2011]

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