May 15, 2013

Cranberries and Lemons: Powerful Cancer Fighters?

On May 10, Dr. Michael Greger released a video on his site about the impact of 11 popular fruits on the growth of human liver cancer cells in a petri dish.

I had to wonder -- if veggies with edible nicotine can prevent Parkinson’s disease, as I mentioned in yesterday's post – can fruits fight cancer cell proliferation?

In a nutshell, here’s what Greger found:
  • Plain water had NO effect on the cancer cells. 
  • Pineapples, pears, oranges had negligible impact. 
  • Peaches at high concentration reduced cancer growth by about 10%. 
  • Bananas and grapefruit reduced cancer growth by about 40%. 
  • Red grapes, strawberries, and apples – even at half doses – cut cancer growth up to half. 
  • Lemons and especially cranberries dramatically cut cancer growth, even with tiny doses. 
Those stats are pretty impressive. But we need to remember these are in vitro tests on a specific type of human cancer. How eating these fruits will affect development of any cancerous cells in living bodies is something different.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting story. Here’s the five-minute video:

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