Scientists Reveal Ground-Breaking Berry Health Research
BLODGETT, Ore., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Renowned Scientists from around the world presented their latest berry research at last week’s 4th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium. New studies further demonstrate the profound impact berries have against age-related disease including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental decline.
Members of the science and health communities gathered to hear nearly two dozen presentations, ranging from the role berries play in aiding oral health like gingivitis – to how polyhenolics can reverse brain aging. For example, a study led by Lynn Adams, Ph.D. from Beckman Research Institute showed that blueberry juice inhibited proliferation in triple negative breast cancer cell cultures and decreased mobility of cancer cells, an important step in slowing metastasis.
In another study, by Harini Aiyer, Ph.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine, breast cancer tumors were reduced by up to 75 percent after rats were fed a diet containing either blueberries or black raspberries. Additionally, an Oklahoma State University study, conducted by Arpita Basu, Ph.D., RD, found that strawberries, blueberries, and low-calorie cranberry juice may help improve Metabolic Syndrome, a significant public health problem in the United States.
“Studies like these have great implications in terms of public health,” said Gary Stoner, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin. “The bottom line is that research continues to show us that berries are one of the most protective foods in the world and that we should not only continue to study their healing attributes, but consume them on a regular basis.”
Study abstracts from the three-day conference can be viewed at: http://www.berryhealth.org/news.html
About the Berry Health Benefits Symposium
The Berry Health Benefits Symposium is the only event solely dedicated to bringing together worldwide researchers in the field of berries and human health. Sponsored by every major berry organization in the United States, the goal is to make berry health research available to media, industry, academia and the public. The symposium is presented by the National Berry Crops Initiative, a nationwide organization whose mission is to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and sustainability of berry crop production in the United States.
SOURCE National Berry Crops Initiative