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March 4, 2005

Blackberry's Anti Cancer Properties - Simply Not Just the Kentucky State Fruit

Topics: Health Issues

Blackberries are natural rich sources of bioflavonoids and phenolic compounds that are commonly known as potential chemopreventive agents. Investigators have previously evaluated the effects of fresh blackberry extracts on proliferation of cancer cells and neoplastic transformation induced by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), as well as the underlying mechanisms of signal transduction pathways. Their results indicated that an extract from fresh blackberry may inhibit tumor promoter-induced carcinogenesis and associated cell signaling, and suggests that the chemopreventive effects of fresh blackberry may be through its antioxidant properties by blocking reactive oxygen species-mediated AP-1 and mitogen-activated protein kinase activation. So today's report in Medical News Today comes as no surprise and it has the justification of peer-reviewed research behind it.

WindStone Farms, the largest stand alone blackberry operation east of the Mississippi, USA, envisions a future for the blackberry in medical research for prevention and treatment of cancer.

Blackberries, the Kentucky state fruit, could prove to be the missing link in preventing or ultimately treating certain forms of cancer. Wayne Shumate and Billy Gatton Jones, owners of WindStone Farms, enthusiastically support Dr. Vincent S. Gallicchio, Professor in Clinical Sciences and Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, in his request for funding approval to conduct the research. Dr. Gallicchio's laboratory focus has been in experimental/developmental therapeutics for AIDS and cancer research for the past 25 years.

Just how useful are blackberries in helping to prevent cancer? There are folks that are even making blackberry lozenges for oral cancer patients. Blackberries and their flavonoids are for real when it comes to chemoprevention, but as to utility in cancer treatment the jury is still out. If it were me and I had cancer, I'd eat blackberries, and I'd even take blackberry extract.

Posted by Hyscience at March 4, 2005 10:11 AM

It is amazing that the answers to many medical mysterys are right under our noses. I've been reading up on alternative medicines, mainly, natural healers found in everyday items to cure things from asthma to Cancer. I am unsure as to whether any of these claims are true, since there doesn't seem to be a great deal of research to back any of it up, yet, being a believer in Christ, it makes perfect sense that God would give us all that we needed right there in nature.

I've heard certain products tout that more oxygen in the body can help to curb, even cure, cancer. Do you know if that is true?

Posted by: Jerry McClellan at March 4, 2005 11:30 AM

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