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Consuming blueberry extract with radiation may boost cervical cancer therapy

A new study published in the journal Pathology and Oncology Magazine claim that consuming blueberry extract with radiation may give boost to cervical cancer therapy.

Blueberry extract has been classified as a radiosensitiser and it has the potential of making cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy.

In a previous study researchers have shown that resveratrol, a compound in red grapes, could be used as a radiosensitiser for treating prostate cancer. Blueberries also contain resveratrol. Inaddition to resveratrol, blueberries also contain flavonoids. Flavonoids are chemicals that may have anti- oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

The researchers used human cervical cancer cell lines to mimic clinical treatment. The cell lines were divided into four groups that included a control group, a group that received only radiation, a group that received only blueberry extract, and a group that received both radiation and the extract.

Radiation decreased cancer cells by approximately 20 per cent. Interestingly, the cell group that received only blueberry extract had a 25 per cent decrease in cancer. However, the biggest decline in cancer cells occurred in the radiation and extract group, with a decrease of about 70 percent, scientists said.

Blueberries are very common and found all over the world.

They are readily accessible and inexpensive. As a natural treatment option for boosting the effectiveness of existing therapies, I feel they would be enthusiastically accepted.

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Bryan White

Bryan White

Bryan has been a contributor in a number of online news publishing houses as a freelancer. He is a seasoned contributor with extensive experience in covering a number of topics including technology, science and health.

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