Black raspberries may prevent bowel cancer

November 4th, 2010 - 3:00 am ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 4 (IANS) Black raspberries may help prevent bowel cancer, a study has found.

Scientists found that a freeze-dried version of the fruit could reduce the number of tumours in a strain of mice prone to the disease by 60 percent, reports

Previous research had indicated that black raspberries have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

In the study, the fruit inhibited tumour development by suppressing a protein called beta-catenin.

“We saw the black raspberry as a natural product, very powerful, and easy to access,” said study leader Wancai Yang, from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Scientists saw a broad range of protective effects in the bowels of the mice that were given the supplement.

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