Best Fruits For Cancer Prevention

Best Fruits For Cancer Prevention
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Clinical trials exploring the use of black raspberries to treat cancer and precancerous lesions.

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The best fruits for cancer prevention in general are probably berries, which are considered ideal cancer-preventive agents. In fact, there are now seven clinical trials underway to treat cancer and precancerous lesions with black raspberries, for example—by any means necessary, even if they have to stick them up patients’ butts.

The preliminary results from that study are actually pretty amazing, though. After nine months of treatment, half of their rectal polyps disappeared. Normally, you have to go in and cut them out—but the berries made them just totally regress back into the body.

But, don’t try this at home. They were stuffing so many raspberries up there, 20% of the patients developed rectal fissures. I will spare you the pictures. Therefore, the use of black raspberry suppositories for future trials is “questionable.”

I recommend just eating them—let them take the long way ‘round.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Jack Letourneau via flickr

Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

The best fruits for cancer prevention in general are probably berries, which are considered ideal cancer-preventive agents. In fact, there are now seven clinical trials underway to treat cancer and precancerous lesions with black raspberries, for example—by any means necessary, even if they have to stick them up patients’ butts.

The preliminary results from that study are actually pretty amazing, though. After nine months of treatment, half of their rectal polyps disappeared. Normally, you have to go in and cut them out—but the berries made them just totally regress back into the body.

But, don’t try this at home. They were stuffing so many raspberries up there, 20% of the patients developed rectal fissures. I will spare you the pictures. Therefore, the use of black raspberry suppositories for future trials is “questionable.”

I recommend just eating them—let them take the long way ‘round.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Jack Letourneau via flickr

Doctor's Note

For more on the connection between fruits and cancer prevention, check out:
Cranberries versus Cancer
Clinical Studies on Açaí Berries
Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?
Apple Skin: Peeling Back Cancer

And check out my other videos on cancer

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Preventing and Treating Kidney Failure With Diet, and Raspberries Reverse Precancerous Lesions.

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      1. Best diet is lots of fresh fruits and veggies. If the patient has trouble eating, you can make smoothies. Don’t juice anything. Discuss this with your doctor first though as there may be special dietary needs or restrictions related to the specific type of cancer.

        Dr. Ben




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  1. what about HPV related warts and anal cancer? I wonder by the time it travels through your digestive tract, how much nutrients are still there from the berries we eat?




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    1. Just a comment, but the nutrients will be in your bloodstream at that point and will have dispersed throughout your entire body. The large intestine, the last stop before exiting your body, does not absorb nutrients, but water. But even if it did absorb the nutrients, it wouldn’t matter because what nourishes it is not the food itself, but the blood that delivers the nutrients from the food.




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  2. I eat black raspberries as often as possible, because they are full of calcium and fiber, necessary ingredients when one has osteoporosis.




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  3. I just watched your video on High cholesterol being, possibly, the single cause of heart disease. I have high cholesterol. I have been on a vegan diet for over 5 years and I use very little oil in my diet. I don’t cook with oil, but when I eat out (about once a week) I do eat food food that has oil. I also eat tahini, almond butter and nuts and seeds.




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