A Berry Good Way to Fight Cancer

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We now know that in order to progress, tumours absolutely require a new network of blood vessels that allows them to access the oxygen and nutrients they need to grow.
…it is possible to prevent the growth of tumours by subjecting them to a very strict diet!

Berries contain vital cancer prevention properties, Dr. Richard Beliveau

Small fruit season has finally arrived!

It’s a golden opportunity to enjoy not only the exquisite taste of these delicious berries, but also their numerous health benefits. Whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, certain molecules present in these delicious fruits have multiple anti-cancer activities that can help prevent this disease.

We now know that in order to progress, tumours absolutely require a new network of blood vessels that allows them to access the oxygen and nutrients they need to grow.

To generate this new network, cancer cells release chemical signals that attract the cells of the blood vessels present nearby and force them to make their way toward hem to produce new vessels.

Since all tumours largely depend on their energy requirements, blocking these new blood vessels is a weapon of choice to prevent them from gaining the strength necessary to allow their growth, and thus maintaining them in a microscopic and inoffensive state.

Tasty and Helpful

In other words, it is possible to prevent the growth of tumours by subjecting them to a very strict diet!

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are not only delicious fruits, but are also food sources of several polyphenols, such as ellagic acid and delphinidin, two molecules that block angiogenesis.

Research work conducted over recent years in our laboratory has shown that these two molecules interfere with this process by blocking the activity of the proteins essential to the migration of the blood vessels’ cells toward the tumours 1-3.

By blocking these proteins’ function, ellagic acid and delphinidin prevent the vessels cells from participating in the formation of the new blood network close to the tumours and, consequently, deprive them from their supply in oxygen and nutritious molecules.

Since all cancers depend on this blood supply, we can therefore consider ellagic acid and delphinidin as extremely important prevention tools, capable of slowing down the development of a large range of cancers.

Small fruits are the only food sources that allow an important input in ellagic acid and delphinidin. There is therefore no argument that the regular consumption of these foods is a prerequisite to take advantage of their cancer prevention benefits.

Ellagic acid is present in large quantities in strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, while delphinidin is mostly found in blueberries and blackberries. The simultaneous presence of ellagic acid and delphinidin in blackberries is especially interesting and makes these small fruits precious allies in the fight against cancer.

Easy to Enjoy

There are many ways to prepare berries. Whether you eat tem without anything on them, enjoy them in a mousse, add them to yogurts or even make jams with them, these fruits are always a real delight. If you wish to enjoy them as often as possible, you can even freeze them for future use since the anti-cancer molecules they contain stand up well to freezing.

Meanwhile, take advantage of the summer to rediscover these fabulous fruits, whose extraordinary taste has not cause to be jealous of exotic fruits!

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