Fight Immune-Based Cancers With Blackberries

Blueberries have been lauded for their antioxidant ability and cancer-fighting effects. But another berry may offer protection against some of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh evaluated the effect of a compound extracted from blackberries called cyanidin-3-rutinoside (C-3-R) on cultured human leukemia cells. The C-3-R was tested on several cell lines of human leukemia, and the test was repeated using cell cultures of lymphoma, another immune-based cancer. The scientists found that when applied at low doses, C-3-R killed half the cancer cells within 18 hours of treatment. When applied at higher doses, the blackberry extract killed all cancer cells present within 18 hours.

According to cancer expert and researcher Gary Stoner, 1.5 to 2 cups of fresh berries may be the ideal dose for staving off certain types of cancer. So whether you choose marionberries (the “Cabernet of blackberries”), traditional evergreen blackberries, or big and bold boysenberries, you’ll get a burst of summer-fresh flavor… and a bushel of cancer protection to boot.

[Ed. Note: Healthy food doesn’t have be boring. Enjoying a bowl of fresh berries won’t seem like eating health food – even if it’s good for you. And now, nutrition expert Kelley Herring has developed a decadent cake mix that’s good for your health – and tastes like heaven. Learn how to get your slice right here.

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