A new study published in the journalÂ 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 makingÂ 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.