HEALTHY LIVING

The Benefits Of Berries

02/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Several studies show that people who eat diets high in fruits and vegetables have lower cancer rates. Now a large body of research suggests that berries may be among the most potent cancer-fighting fruits.

In numerous laboratory studies, researchers at Ohio State University have found that black raspberries inhibit the development of oral, esophageal and colon cancers in rats. Some human studies have also suggested a benefit from berry consumption. In one small study of patients with familial adenomatous polyposis, a genetic condition that raises risk for colon cancer, patients given black raspberry extract had up to 59 percent fewer rectal polyps than those taking a placebo; the findings were published in November's Cancer Prevention Research journal. Another study showed black raspberry powder reduced symptoms for patients with Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition.

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