According to a study conducted and exposed in Chicago during the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, an abundant antioxidant contained in blueberries, called "pterostilbena" could help prevent colon cancer.
Pterostilbena is similar to the antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in grapes and red wine, which also has effects on cancer cells.
Pterostilbena is also present in grapes, but it is more abundant in blueberries. According to the study done so far in animals, more precisely on 18 laboratory mice, who were induced to have cancer, they had a balanced diet with and without pterostilbena (40mg / kg), and at the end of the study the 9 animals that received the supplement Pterostilbena had a 57% decrease in colon cancer cells, compared to animals that received only a balanced diet.
Pterostilbena also suppressed the growth of colon cells and inhibited certain genes involved in inflammation, both considered risk factors for colon cancer. These results could support the diet for the prevention of colon cancer and could benefit the health.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in the United States and the third most common type of cancer among women and men. Certain genes are associated with cancer, but daily life plays an important role, along with smoking, lack of exercise, diet high in meat and fat and poor diet in fruits and vegetables.
It is suggested that Pterostilbena could help reverse some harmful effects of high fat diet by lowering cholesterol levels. In a previous study, the researchers found in animals and animals that Pterostilbena is capable of lowering cholesterol levels.
March 27, 2007