Are you a strawberry fan? Then you have good reasons to cheer. Because strawberries are the most effective berry for slowing the growth of colon and oral cancers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles tested extracts of six berries — strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries — which were all found to suppress oral, breast, colon and prostate cancers. But strawberries were the most effective against colon and oral cancers.
Strawberries contain high levels of phytonutrients which are nutrient-like compounds in foods that exert antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-neurodegenerative effects. These effects in turn are thought to be protective against the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and mental deterioration.
In addition to providing beneficial phytonutrients, strawberries are also a good source of health-promoting nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, fiber and potassium.