Berries are known to be one of the greatest superfoods available. Many studies suggest that these are rich in antioxidants and possess cancer-fighting properties. For example, red raspberry — a type of berry scientifically known as Rubus idaeus — can protect against a type of head and neck cancer called nasopharyngeal cancer, according to a study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.
Nasopharyngeal cancer is a type of cancer that has a high incidence of spreading to a different part of the body, particularly in the neck lymph nodes. This leads to a poor prognosis and makes this cancer difficult to treat.
For the study, a team of researchers at Chung Shan Medical University in China looked at the ability of red raspberry extract to prevent nasopharyngeal cancer from developing and spreading in a lab trial. The research team used human nasopharyngeal cancer cells and treated these with red raspberry extract. Then, they analyzed the extract’s effects on the migration and invasion of tumor cells.
Based on the results of the study, the research team found that red raspberry extract inhibited the migration and invasion of nasopharyngeal cancer cells. From this finding, they concluded that red raspberry extract has the potential to prevent nasopharyngeal cancer from developing and spreading, and can, therefore, be used to treat and protect against this cancer. (Related: Research shows that berries are one of the best ways to prevent cancer.)
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, red raspberry is one of the most consumed berries in the world. Aside from its cancer-fighting properties, red raspberry also:
Do you know that its leaves are nutritious as well? The leaves of this plant are often used to make an herbal tea for medicinal purposes. Red raspberry leaf tea is commonly consumed to strengthen their uterine walls and reduce labor time in pregnant women, and to relieve premenstrual symptoms in women in general.
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