Eating strawberries, can keep cancer from our bodies, especially for those who are at risk, according to research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and held by Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove.

The study concluded, six months of treatment by eating strawberries is a safe and easy way to prevent cancer. Preliminary data show that strawberries may reduce the degree of malignancy of precancerous lesions and reduce the incidence of molecular cancer.

Previously, Tong Chen (principal investigator at Ohio State) and his colleagues found that frozen strawberries significantly inhibited tumor development in rat esophagus. Based on these results, the researchers start a phase Ib clinical trial in China to investigate the effects of frozen strawberries in patients with precancerous lesions of the esophagus.

"We found that daily consumption of strawberries suppress a variety of triggers that are involved in esophageal carcinogenesis, including cell proliferation, inflammation and gene transcription," said Chen.

Each of the 36 study participants were asked to eat 60 grams of frozen strawberries every day for six months. The researchers obtained biopsy specimens before and after strawberries consumption. The results showed that 29 of the 36 participants experienced a reduction in histological grade of precancerous lesions during the study.

These findings will be presented during a press conference at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 102 in 2011 in Orlando, Florida.


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