Monday, April 14, 2008

Black Raspberries

Help Fight: Oral Cancer

As a rule of the thumb, the deeper and darker its color, the more nutritional the food, and black raspberries certainly do pack a nutritional punch. These berries contain high levels of cancer-inhibiting compounds such as vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, calcium and zinc. They also contain ellagic acid and anthocyanin, which have been shown to slow tumor growth and reduce the size of tumors in laboratory rats.
Although medical researchers are still currently studying the effects of these natural acids on humans, using a gel made from the berries and applying it directly to precancerous oral lesions to see if it will stimulate normal growth. Although results are not yet available, adding this fruit to your diet can only be beneficial.

Daily dose: Although researchers don't still exactly know how many berries need to be consumed in order to protect against cancer development, the gel used is equivalent to eating about a pound of berries a day. But don't be discouraged-this is one food that is beneficial in any amount. Have a handful of black raspberries with a low fat yogurt instead of ice cream for dessert. Or add a half cup to your morning cereal.