Darker fruits could fight cancer
ryan | August 20, 2007 at 10:22 amby
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The battle against cancer continues. Researchers continue to discover natural elements which seem to hold back and even kill the deadly cells.
The compounds which give certain fruit and vegetables their dark colour may contain powerful cancer fighting properties, US research suggests.
The foods which contain these elements are diverse.
The more exotic the plant the better: purplecorn and bilberry were found to be much more potent than the radish.
The results surprising and encouraging.
In some experiments, the researchers from Ohio State University saw cancer growth not just slowed, but as many as 20% of the cells killed.
For instance, anthocyanin pigments obtained from black carrots and radishes slowed the growth of cancer cells by between 50 to 80%.
But compounds from chokeberries for instance killed up to a fifth of existing cells, without impacting upon healthy ones.
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