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Strawberries Show Promise for Cancer Prevention

Modern medicine has always derived the raw materials for pharmaceutical drugs from nature, as nature provides delicate yet powerful ingredients for balance and wellness. Time and time again, be it academic researchers and scientists, or herbalists and medicine men, people discover a simple yet complex compound, found in something so common as a flower or vegetable, that creates the next novel prescription for health. Researchers from Ohio State University conducted a preliminary study which revealed that strawberries may actually prevent and slow cancer from growing in the esophagus.

After learning of successful animal studies that showed the benefits of strawberries, Tong Chen, the study's lead researcher, decided to test the theory on people. The study analyzed the use of freeze-dried strawberries in 36 men and women who had esophageal cancer. Freeze-dried strawberries were used in place of fresh ones because they contain higher amounts of beneficial flavonols and phytochemicals, and are about 10 times as concentrated as fresh strawberries. The results showed a decrease and a slowing in the growth of cancer cells in the esophagus in 29 out of 36 participants. Dr. Chen and her team do not know the exact compound in strawberries that fights cancer cells, but they are eager to conduct more studies.

In 1829, scientists discovered a compound called salicin from the bark of the willow tree, which led to the invention of aspirin. This discovery changed how people deal with pain. Today, more sophisticated drugs are being developed to combat serious conditions. One of the most important health problems of our time is maintaining proper cellular health as we age, and fortunately, researchers have found that nature provides a solution for this in the peel of ordinary citrus fruits. Read more effective natural recommendations for cellular health here.

Citrus pectin is a simple soluble fiber found in the pith of many citrus fruits. Researchers discovered that by reducing the size of the pectin molecules, they could enter the bloodstream and bind to abnormal cells. Modified citrus pectin that is readily and effectively absorbed into the bloodstream can actively promote cellular health. Collaboration with nature’s perfect ingredients provides scientists the foundation to discover effective solutions for optimal health.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator, and clinical practitioner. He has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s. Dr. Eliaz is a frequent guest lecturer on integrative medical approaches to health, immune enhancement, and cancer prevention and treatment. For more practical health advice, visit www.dreliaz.org.  


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