New research indicates that pterostilbene – which is found in blueberries – shows promise for the prevention of colon cancer.
Researchers at Rutgers and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) teamed up to investigate pterostilbene’s cancer-fighting effects. In the study, rats were given azoxymethane – a compound that causes colon cancer. Half of the animals were then given a balanced daily diet, while the rest were given the same diet supplemented with pterostilbene.
At the end of the eight-week study period, the rats that were given the supplement showed 57 percent fewer pre-cancerous lesions in their colons than those in the control group.
Make delicious, antioxidant-rich blueberries a mainstay in your diet. A great way to keep them on hand is to buy them frozen. Then just thaw and enjoy![Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (www.healinggourmet.com), and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]