BERRIES

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It’s long been known that berries are good for our health. This is in part thanks to the po­tent an­tiox­i­dants that are found in the

form of spe­cific phy­to­chem­i­cals in the dark red, blue and pur­ple pig­ments

of these fruits. Grow­ing ev­i­dence has shown that these

phy­to­chem­i­cals, called an­tho­cyanins, can aid in pro­tect­ing

the body against nu­mer­ous dis­eases like car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, di­a­betes and can­cer. One such study looked at the ef­fect of an­tho­cyanins on molec­u­lar path­ways

and the out­come this has on en­zymes im­pli­cated in can­cer. The study showed

that one type of an­tho­cyanin, known as cyani­din – which is found in wild bil­berry,

rasp­berry and cran­berry – ap­pears to re­duce the ac­tiv­ity

of can­cer-caus­ing genes while boost­ing the ac­tiv­ity of can­cer

stop­ping genes.

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