Blueberry Punch: prostate cancer cure?
|While it has only been tested in lab mice, a commercially available blueberry and grape fruit punch has had a significant effect on prostate cancer, reducing the growth of tumors by 25% in just two weeks. The mice were given a human version of the disease; scientists consider the results to be a great success, and want to see it tested in human patients. The drink, Blueberry Punch, is commercially available in Australia. It is a blend of blueberry, red grape, elderberry and raspberry fruit concentrates, plus extracts from a range of plant sources including grape skin and seeds, green tea and olive leaves. Other ingredients include the herb tarragon and the spices turmeric and ginger. The fruits are known for their high antioxidant values; green tea contains the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), grapes are known for the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, and the anti-inflammatory agent curcumin is found in the spice turmeric. Dr. Jas Singh, who conducted the research at the University of Sydney in Australia, said that while individual phytochemicals are successful in killing cancer cells, synergistic or additive effects are likely to be achieved when they are combined—and this proved to be the case. She presented her results yesterday at the International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention and Research in Philadelphia. Find out more about Blueberry Punch at DrRed.com.au.|
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