Apart from being a delectable icing on pastries such as muffins and cheesecakes, blueberries can cure breast cancer, according to an academic study.
Dr. Janyawat Vuthijumnonk, a Ph.D. graduate from Massey University in New Zealand, revealed that animals consuming blueberries as part of their regular diet had a 50 percent lower risk of developing mammary tumors.
The results signify that blueberries, an antioxidant, can produce healthier breast tissue in humans. Also, fibre and chemicals sourced from blueberries help in combatting breast cancer.
According to Massey University’s website, Vuthijumnonk narrated that “Blueberries contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins which may be responsible for the health benefits of blueberries.” Hence, blueberries reduce free radicals, diminish new blood vessel formation, and reproduce beneficial bacteria in the human body.
Nevertheless, Vuthijumnonk prompted that the science experiment was administered to animals, and they behave in different environments.
“Therefore, we can’t say eating blueberries will prevent breast cancer in humans. But we are able to say blueberry consumption may lower the risk of developing breast cancer at the population level,” she wrapped up.
The 35-year-old native of Chiang Mai, Thailand, hopes of pursuing her research projects on the combined effects of blueberry consumption and traditional medicine in her hometown.
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