A Berry Good Proposition: Black Raspberries May Fight Oral Cancer

By admin1 • May 5th, 2008

In the mood for something sweet? Consider a handful of black raspberries. Researchers at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital have shown that black raspberries may not only help prevent colon and esophageal cancer, but help battle oral cancer as well. Lab tests show that this delicious fruit reduced tumors on the mouth by up to 44 percent. Unfortunately, there are a couple of problems…

First off, black raspberries are very difficult to come by in your regular grocery story, even when in season. Having access to them year-round could be quite a task. Second, studies show you would have to eat about 4 whole cups a day to enjoy the full health benefits. Very few of us actually eat the recommended 5 servings a day of fruit. Finding the time, and stomach, to eat 4 cups of raspberries could be difficult, no matter how delicious they are.

Fortunately, scientists are working on a solution: lozenges. They hope that concentrating the cancer-fighting chemicals in black raspberries into more manageable lozenges will prove to be as successful in the fight against oral cancer as eating the whole fruit (though nutritionists will tell you the whole fruit is always better for you). If researchers find that certain genes respond to the berry extract in them, it could someday mean a simple new way to fight cancer. They would also be available year-round.

It should be noted that fruit is part of a healthy diet, and therefore good for your teeth. Highly acidic fruits, like lemons, can actually harm tooth enamel, however, so try to rinse your mouth out with warm water or brush your teeth after you eat them. Also, stay away from high-sugar snacks, like candy and soda (and yes, even black raspberry cobbler).

If you have any questions about dental health, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (866) 568-2195 or visit us at http://www.afraidofthedentist.net today.

Best Regards,
Dr. Rene Piedra

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