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Cancer prevention properties of black raspberries




A study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, identifies components of black raspberries with chemopreventive potential.

Scientists at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center observed that anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids in black raspberries, inhibited growth and stimulated apoptosis in the esophagus of rats treated with an esophageal carcinogen.

"Our data provide good evidence that anthocyanins are important for cancer prevention," said the study's main author, Gary D. Stoner, Ph.D., a professor in the department of internal medicine at Ohio State University.



Cancer prevention properties of black raspberries

Stoner and his team of scientists fed rats an anthocyanin-rich extract of black raspberries and observed that the extract was nearly as effective in preventing esophageal cancer in rats as whole black raspberries containing the same concentration of anthocyanins. This study demonstrates the importance of anthocyanins as preventive agents in black raspberries and validated similar in vitro findings. It is among the first to look at the connection between anthocyanins and cancer prevention in vivo.

Stoner and colleagues have conducted clinical trials using whole berry powder, which has yielded some promising results, but mandatory patients to take up to 60 grams of powder a day. "Now that we know the anthocyanins in berries are almost as active as whole berries themselves, we hope to be able to prevent cancer in humans using a standardized mixture of anthocyanins," said Stoner.

"The goal is to potentially replace whole berry powder with its active components and then figure out better ways to deliver these components to tissues, to increase their uptake and effectiveness. Ultimately, we hope to test the anthocyanins for effectiveness in multiple organ sites in humans," said Stoner.


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A study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, identifies components of black raspberries with chemopreventive potential. Scientists at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center observed that anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids in black raspberries, inhibited growth and stimulated apoptosis in the esophagus of rats treated with an esophageal carcinogen.

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