Black Raspberries Slow Colon Cancer Growth And Reduce Inflammation In Colorectal Cancer Patients
Posted Apr 26 2013 3:00pm
BerriProducts LLC shares new research in human colorectal cancer patients that bolsters the growing body of evidence supporting the cancer-preventive effects of black raspberries and suggests that eating black raspberries beneficially alters fat metabolism to reduce cancer risk.
A cancer prevention research team led by Li-Shu Wang, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, has revealed more information about the effects of black raspberry powder on fatty acid metabolism. By beneficially changing the activity of specific enzymes, the growth of human colorectal cancer is slowed and inflammation associated with abnormal cells is reduced. The presentation, titled “Metabolomic Profiling Reveals a Protective Modulation on Fatty Acid Metabolism in Colorectal Cancer Patients Following Consumption of Freeze-Dried Black Raspberries,” was presented April 7, 2013, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, DC.
A key observation was that black raspberries appear to beneficially alter the activity of a patient’s fat metabolizing enzymes, as well as enzymes produced by microbes present in the patient’s gastrointestinal tract. This combination results in beneficial fatty acid metabolism and appears to have protective health effects for colorectal cancer patients. The original abstract on the study contains more detailed information on this process.
This study extends previous work by Dr. Wang et al. in human colorectal cancer patients that found key inflammatory proteins, called cytokines, were reduced in patients consuming freeze-dried black raspberry powder. An excellent summary of this work is provided by Black Raspberry Buzz.
Black raspberries, not to be confused with blackberries, are almost exclusively grown in Oregon, on the west coast of the United States. They have been studied extensively because of their high concentration of certain phytonutrients and antioxidants. BerriProducts LLC, an Oregon-based company, has been supplying black raspberry powder to research universities across the country for the last four years.