Body’s DNA system is under attack from oxidative stress every day. Free radicals caused by the natural process of oxidation run rampant in your body. Your diet and lifestyle determine the level of oxidation more than any other factors.
The positive results of multiple studies have found that regular consumption of blueberries lowers your risk of cancers of the breast, colon, bladder, lung, esophagus, skin, and small intestine.
One study, published in the journal eCAM, offers two promising findings. One of those findings is that a component of blueberries can actually suppress “adverse changes associated with irradiation.” The other finding: that radiation treatment leads to the “enrichment” of hepatoma (liver cancer) stem cells. Yes, radiation makes these cancer cells stronger and more plentiful.
A natural substance found in blueberries can cause programmed cell death (apoptosis), even killing the cancer stem cells within various cancer types.
In another animal-based study out of Rutger University, an antioxidant called pterostilbene reduced the rate of pre-cancerous lesions of the colon by 57 percent over the animals that didn’t receive the blueberry diet. The human equivalent was two servings or a 1 ½ cups of blueberries per day.
Adding anti-cancer foods such as blueberries to your diet is a crucial aspect of total body wellness.
Choose wisely, shop responsibly, eat cleanly, and reap the benefits for decades to come!