Found in super berries are high amounts of specialized nutrients and potent antioxidants that can help with apoptosis, a process used by the body to get rid of cells that are abnormal, mutated, or no longer function properly.
There are cells that can avoid the self-destruction caused by apoptosis. Though cancer therapies (such as chemotherapy, radiation, and drug therapy) are available, they can’t tell the difference between healthy cells and mutated cancerous cells, thereby leading to the destruction of all healthy and fast-growing cells. Meanwhile, cancerous cells are the only main target of apoptosis.
According to studies, by getting the required daily intake of important vitamins and minerals, you’ll be able to fight off various diseases like cancer. There are superfoods and super berries that can help you obtain your needed nutrients and can help prevent cancer and/or trigger natural cell death against cancer cells. These foods were proven to have the ability to give your immune system its much-needed boost and can effectively shrink the size of cancerous tumors.
Here is the list of the apoptosis-inducing berries that target Cancer cells.
Anthocyanins are a type of potent antioxidants which are found in berries, grapes, and red cabbage. Several studies are claiming that these compounds can combat diseases – cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chronic inflammation – caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
Blushwood berries were found to have the ability to kill cancerous cells, directly kill tumors, cut off the blood supply, and activate the immune system to clean up the mess left behind.
Cranberries are sources of epicatechins, quercetin, and ursolic acid, all of which are potent cancer-fighting agents.
Experts have found that cranberries can fight off H.pylori, a bacteria associated with peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer. Aside from this, they are also famously known for their ability to fight bladder infections and cystitis.
Found in goji berries is a nutrient called germanium, which has anti-cancer properties and can reduce the growth of tumors. Studies have found that it can reduce the risk or help in the treatment of liver, uterine, lung, and testicular cancer.
Furthermore, goji berries also have beneficial compounds which can provide help to people with blood pressure problems, those with heart disease, menstrual discomfort, and suffering from cervical cancer.
Acai berries are a great source of anthocyanins which is a type of flavonoid that gives the fruits their distinctive, black-purple color. According to scientists, anthocyanins are the reason behind acai berry extracts’ ability to kill leukemia cells. It was found that when the extract is directly applied to the leukemia cells over a 24-hour period, 86% of the affected cells experienced apoptosis or cell death.