Blueberries are well known for both their taste and their health benefits. Eating fresh blueberries has been shown to help slow memory loss and prevent heart disease. In addition, new research suggests that preventing colon cancer may be added to the list of benefits.
Researchers at Rutgers University and the USDA induced colon cancer in 18 rats. All the rats received a healthy diet, but half of them were fed the compound pterostilbene, while the other half were used as controls. Pterostilbene is an antioxidant that's abundant in blueberries. After eight weeks, the rats eating the diet with pterostilbene had 57 percent fewer precancerous lesions than the control group. The researchers theorize that pterostilbene may help counteract the negative effects of a high-saturated fat Western diet, which has been linked to colon cancer.
For more information on this research, go to: Medical News Today.
Article published on April 9, 2007.