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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER -

Could straw­ber­ries help ward off breast can­cer? While the the­ory is yet to be tested on hu­mans, re­search has shown that eat­ing 15 straw­ber­ries a day pro­tected fe­male mice against an ag­gres­sive form of breast can­cer. Sci­en­tists fed an ex­tract from the Alba straw­berry to fe­male mice with breast can­cer tu­mours and after five weeks on the straw­ber­ry­boosted diet, the can­cer showed no sign of spread­ing, and in many cases the tu­mour had shrunk. While it is not known if the same re­sult will be seen in hu­mans, stud­ies have al­ready shown straw­ber­ries may re­duce blood choles­terol and im­prove artery health.

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