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Berries in cancer therapy experiment

Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

IMG_5892.JPG Scientists suggest chokeberries could work in combination with conventional drugs to kill more cancer cells. But the UK research is at an early stage, with experiments carried out only on cancer cells in laboratories. Cancer Research UK says much more work is needed to test the effectiveness of berries, particularly in human trials. Hard to treat Researchers from the University of Southampton and King’s College Hospital, London, tested a berry extract on pancreatic cancer samples. Pancreatic cancer is particularly hard to treat and has an average survival period of just six months after diagnosis. The study found that when the berry extract was used, together with a conventional chemotherapy drug called gemcitabine, more cancer cells died than when the drug was used alone. But the scientists say the chokeberry had no effect on normal body cells tested in this way. They believe compounds known as polyphenols in the berries may reduce the number of harmful cells. And the team previously carried out similar early work on brain cancer cells. Henry Scowcroft, at the charity Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s far too early to say from this small laboratory study whether chemicals extracted from chokeberries have any effect on pancreatic cancer in patients. “And the findings certainly don’t suggest that the berries themselves should be taken alongside conventional chemotherapy. “But innovative approaches are urgently needed to improve treatment for people with pancreatic cancer – a disease for which there has been precious little progress over recent decades.” Chokeberries grow on the eastern side of North America in wetlands and swamp areas. Bashir Lwaleed, a senior lecturer at Southampton University, who carried out the study, said: “We need to do more research to understand how the chemotherapy and berry work together. “At the moment we cannot suggest people go out and buy supplements – we are still at the experimental level.” The study was funded by the Malaysian ministry of higher education and health charity Have a Chance Inc in the USA.

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Secrets to youthful skin (it’s easier than you think!) 

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One of those delicious ways to stop the aging clock is to eat fruit! 

Certain fruits contain high antioxidant properties that can keep your skin feeling firm, clear and young.
Here are some great fruits to minimise the wrinkles, discoloration and other signs of ageing skin, and make yourself a powerful anti-aging fruit salad!

“1. Kiwi
The strong antioxidant compounds in this little green fruit firm the skin and delay the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This is mostly due to their high Vitamin C and E content which help reduce skin damage due to free radicals.

2. Pomegranate
Pomegranate is a rich source of riboflavin, phosphorus and other vitamins and minerals that will promote beautiful skin by increasing its collagen. Collagen is what gives the skin its firmness and elasticity.

3. Watermelon
Due to its high content of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, watermelon is another delicious way to keep your skin nourished and prevent wrinkles or skin discoloration that comes with aging skin.

4. Avocado
Avocado is rich in Vitamin E and the B-complex vitamins, both wonderfully nourishing for your skin while the potassium it contains help keep it moisturized and hydrated. It also contains a compound called glutathione, which assists in the anti-aging process.

5. Mangosteen
Mangosteen is a rich source of antioxidants like catechin, which again will help fight skin cell damage from free radicals while its high levels of Vitamin C will promote skin that is smooth and glowing.

6. Papaya
Whether eaten or used topically, papaya can work wonders on your skin. It is a natural complexion toner and fights the formation of wrinkles while its Vitamins A, C and E will nourish the skin.

7. Apple
Applied topically, apple residue is great for the skin: its enzymatic actions help the skin to retain healthy water levels and keeps it fresh and healthy; apple cider vinegar as well makes an excellent natural toner.

8. Banana
Youthful elasticity of the skin will be greatly helped by the high levels of Vitamin C and B-6, while its manganese and antioxidant contents prevent premature aging. It is also a wonderful natural moisturizer for the skin if applied topically.

9. Berries
Berries have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants out of any fruit and this, along with their high levels of Vitamin C, help maintain the collagen that keeps your skin looking firm and wrinkle-free.

10. Grapes
Grapes are a rich source of both manganese and Vitamin C. Together, these compounds can prevent damage due to ultraviolet radiation while their antioxidant properties fight against the ageing process.
So the next time you are in the mood for something sweet, do yourself a favor and make up a fruit salad with some of the delicious edibles listed above.

Not only will you be healthier for it, but your skin will feel young, firm and fresh because of the wonderful properties of these fruits.”

What’s your opinion? 
Do you struggle to eat enough fruit & veg? Do you find it too expensive when the fruit isn’t in season? 
What’s your favorite anti-aging fruit?
Let me know your thoughts 🍓

SOURCE- 
http://foodmatters.tv/content/10-powerful-anti-aging-fruits

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