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Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries: extraordinary allies for health

Red fruits are beginning to arrive at the market stalls. A unique opportunity to not only enjoy the exquisite taste of these delicious berries, but also their many health benefits. Whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, certain molecules in these delicious fruits exert multiple anti-cancer activities that may help prevent this disease.

Blocks cancer progression factors

We now know that in order for tumors to continue developing, it is essential that they build a new network of blood vessels that will allow them access to the oxygen and nutrients essential to sustaining their growth. To do this, cancer cells release chemical messages that attract cells from nearby blood vessels, forcing them to approach them to form new vessels. Since all tumors are very dependent on their energy, blocking these new blood vessels is therefore a weapon of choice to prevent them from gaining the strength necessary for their growth, thus keeping them in a microscopic and harmless state . In other words, it is possible to prevent tumors from growing by putting them on a very strict diet!

Red fruits: advanced weapons against cancer

Not only are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries delicious fruits, they are also dietary sources of several polyphenols, including ellagic acid and delphinidin, two molecules that block angiogenesis. Research in recent years has shown that these two molecules interfere with this process by blocking the activity of proteins that are essential for the migration of cells from blood vessels to tumors. Therefore, by blocking the function of these proteins, ellagic acid and delphinidin prevent the cells of the vessels from participating in the formation of the new blood network near the tumor and consequently deprive them of the supply of oxygen and nutrient molecules. Since all cancers are absolutely dependent on this blood supply, we can therefore consider ellagic acid and delphinidin as extremely important preventive agents capable of curbing the development of a variety of cancers.

Red fruits in all desserts

Since berries are the only food sources that provide appreciable intakes of ellagic acid and delphinidin, it goes without saying that regular consumption of these foods is a prerequisite for reaping their cancer prevention benefits. Ellagic acid is found in large amounts in strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, while delphinidin is found primarily in blueberries and blackberries. The simultaneous presence of ellagic acid and delphinidin in blackberries is particularly interesting and makes these small fruits valuable allies in the fight against cancer. There are many ways to prepare berries. Whether pure, foamed, in yoghurt or in the form of jam, these fruits are always a real treat. If you want to benefit as often as possible from the anti-cancer properties of the molecules associated with berries, it is even possible to freeze them for later use, since the anti-cancer molecules associated with them are frost-resistant.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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