Could Blueberries Beat Breast Cancer?

There’s no doubt that blueberries are packed with good-for-you vitamins, minerals and nutrients that can greatly benefit your body. But scientists still aren’t finished uncovering all of the awesome health benefits that these little berries have, and every month, more and more research points to the fact that blueberries may be able to rid your body of harmful free radicals, which can be a cause of cancer. In fact, a recent study by Massey University graduate Dr. Janyawat Vuthijumnonk shows that blueberries may be able to beat breast cancer.
Blueberries and Breast CancerThe study performed by Vuthijumnonk assessed animals’ mammary tumors over the course of time. Some of the animals were fed blueberries as a part of their regular diet and some were not. In animals that were consuming blueberries regularly, there was a 50 percent lower rate of mammary tumors. Though the testing still needs to be performed on humans before the information can be reliably applied to people, researchers involved in the study are hopeful that they will have similar results in human patients.
Vuthijumnonk hypothesized that the reason for fewer tumors in the animals that were eating blueberries had to do with the presence of antioxidants in blueberries that work to eliminate free radicals from the body. She also suggested that a decrease in new blood vessel formation and an increase in healthy bacteria were also side effects of the increased blueberry consumption which, in turn, contributed to the decreased prevalence of mammary tumors.
What’s even more interesting is that the rate of tumors among animals that were eating blueberries regularly was even lower in animals that were eating a pulped or blended form of the fruit than animals that were drinking blueberry juice. This suggests that the meat of the fruit – and the fibers present – play a role, too.
While this and other research is still in the early stages, the fact that so many studies have had similar results shows us that the benefits of this superfruit cannot be denied. Stock up on blueberries from Delta Blue Blueberries, and start reaping the health benefits today! To learn more, contact us today!

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