Strawberries help fight oral cancer

People don’t call cigarettes “cancer sticks” for nothing – 80 per cent of all oral cancer cases and 90 per cent of all lung cancer cases are related to lighting up.

Now a new study shows that a smoking habit doesn’t necessarily seal your fate because you can slash your risk of developing oral cancer by noshing on something sweet, juicy, and delicious.

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that regularly eating strawberries can make changes in your mouth that may inhibit the development of oral cancer.

In the study, the researchers managed to pack the nutritional equivalent of two and half cups of real strawberries into what they called “a strawberry confection”. Both smokers and non-smokers ate either the strawberry confection or a placebo four times a day for one week, while avoiding any other red or purple fruits or veggies that could interfere with the results.

By the end of the study, the researchers found significant changes in the mouths of smokers who ate the strawberry confection, compared to smokers who ate the placebo.

Nutrients from strawberries altered the composition of mouth bacteria and the expression of certain genes – both of which may play a role in cancer’s development.

Strawberries owe their disease-fighting potential to their storehouse of anthocyanins, flavonoids, and ellagitannins – all compounds that have shown anti-cancer activity in previous studies as well.

The berries are also packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, fibre, folate, and potassium, and studies show they can cut your risk of heart attack and stroke .

The antioxidants in strawberries appear to help prevent lung cancer, as well.

The study’s results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, so count me as “cautiously optimistic.”

It’s promising evidence that if you want to avoid oral cancer, succulent strawberries could offer the help you need. They’re great by themselves, or you can add sliced strawberries to a spinach salad or Greek yogurt. Frozen strawberries – fantastic in smoothies – will also do the trick.

Always opt for fresh organic strawberries because as I shared with you before, strawberries are the most likely of any fruit or vegetable to contain residue from multiple pesticides – even after you wash them.

And please if you are a smoker, the best thing you an do for your health is to quit the “cancer sticks”.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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