Sunday, April 08, 2018

Eat your berries, live forever

Will live forever.
Compounds found in a range of berries may soon help to treat cancer and slow the aging process. According to a new study, the magic resides in their naturally occurring pigments, or anthocyanins.
Particularly prevalent in blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackcurrants, the antioxidant capabilities of anthocyanins have intrigued researchers for years.

There is growing evidence that anthocyanins may help to protect against some human diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Others have investigated whether or not they might also help in the fight against cancer.

Researchers recently specifically at anthocyanins' effects on an enzyme implicated in cancer and aging. They found that one type of anthocyanin, known as cyanidin, could be of particular interest. Found in wild bilberry, raspberry, and cranberry, this compound appeared to reduce the activity of cancer-causing genes and boost the activity of cancer-stopping genes.
You can find cyanidin in grapes, bilberry, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, elderberry, hawthorn, loganberry, a├žai berry and raspberry. It can also be found in other fruits such as apples and plums, and in red cabbage and red onion.

Now this new study attempts to explain how cyanidin works, and I couldn't understand any of it. The idea that it might work isn't new. The National Institutes of Health reported in 2006: "Animal studies showed that cyanidin reduced the size of A549 tumor xenograft growth and significantly inhibited metastasis in nude mice."

Nude mice get all the breaks.

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