Best Cancer Fighting Fruits - Berries

Best Cancer Fighting Fruits - Berries

By Dexter Yarbrough. This message is for you. Yes. I am writing to you. Yes, darn it! I am concerned about you. I am concerned about your high fat diet. I am concerned that the chips, pork chops, hot dogs, cookies and high fructose syrup are causing you to age prematurely. Oh, and let's not forget about the triple-double-single super dooper cheesboiger (sorry, Chicago dialect) you crave. These foods, along with the lack of exercise, are allowing cancer cells to take ownership of your body. It is time to start taking back control of what you put into your mouth. Just look at you! Mayonnaise, ketchup and boiger juice dripping down your chin!

It's time to try some foods that will have you looking great and feeling better in no time!

Benefits of Berries

Berries are extremely nutritious. As you may be aware, berries are full of vitamins and minerals. They are especially rich in vitamin C and fiber. In addition, berries have no fat and have the lowest carbohydrate count of most fruits.

Research continuously shows that berries help slow down the aging process, boost immunity and protect against those dreaded chronic diseases and many cancers. The different types of berries have unique benefits to your health, so add some variety to your diet.

If someone told me that the only food I would be able to eat for the rest of my life were berries, I would not put up a fight! They are a simple, sweet healthy food that can be added to a variety of dishes. There is no need to heat up the grill!

Blueberry

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, "We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer."

The blueberry is one of the healthiest fruits around and is ranked number one when compared to other fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are good for your brain. They contain polyphenols, which help the part of the brain that takes care of regular maintenance. The powerful antioxidants in blueberries prevent free radical damage in your body. This means that the aging process slows down leading to longer life.

Aside from protecting the brain and fighting cancer, blueberries have been associated with protection against heart disease, glaucoma, vaicose veins, lower cholesterol and hemorrhoids.

Cherry

Cherries are only around for a short time. Their season is only three months long. So get them while you can. The Bing cherry is the most popular and is best for snacking.

Cherries are rich in queritrin (a flavonoid that's a potent anti-cancer agent) and bioflavonoids (compounds that fight the pain from arthritis, gout and migraines) and melatonin (which may help you sleep). They also contain the soluble fiber pectin, vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium.

Strawberry

Strawberries are delicious! Because they don't ripen any further once picked, choose shiny ones with a deep red color. Like other berries, strawberries contain phytonutrients that make it a heart-protective, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory fruit. They help protect the brain from oxidative stress and age-related decline. Strawberries also fight the macular degeneration of the eyes. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, fiber and iodine and they contain potassium, folate, riboflavin, magnesium and copper.

Cranberry

Because cranberries are so tart, they are not usually eaten raw but instead baked into pies, juiced or cooked into cranberry sauce. Nonetheless, they are rich in antioxidants (preventing heart disease and cancer) and play a role in preventing peptic ulcers.

The most popular use of cranberries is to treat urinary tract infections. Researchers have found that cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which inhibit bacteria, including E. coli, from adhering to the urinary tract, thus protecting it from infection.

Blackberry

Wild blackberries are actually related to the rose, and, like a rose, they grow on a thorny bush. Because they're highly perishable (like all berries), blackberries should be used the same day they're bought and washed just prior to eating. You can also freeze them by placing them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then, once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container. They'll keep for about six months.

Blackberries contain antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and ellagic acid, all of which may protect against cancer and fight chronic disease. They're also rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which may help lower cholesterol and potassium.


Raspberry

Raspberries have a long history--they can be traced back to pre-historic times - but began to be grown widely in the 19th century, when many new varieties, including the loganberry and boysenberry, were developed. Raspberries have a sweet, tangy taste that makes them a popular treat for snacks, desserts, salads, cereals, sauces, baking, jams, jellies and more.

Raspberries are rich in phytonutrients for antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-carcinogenic protection. Chief among these is ellagic acid, the potent cancer fighter. Raspberries have also been found to help prevent macular degeneration and they contain manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber and copper.

Goji Berry

Modern day studies have found many benefits to goji berries, including fighting cancer and protecting the liver. Goji berries contain 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, linoleic acid, more beta carotene than carrots, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E, selenium and germanium.

It's said that a handful of goji berries in the morning will make you happy for the rest of the day. Traditionally, they're regarded as a potent food for longevity, strength and sexual virility and are grown in Tibet in protected valleys that contain million-year-old soil that's reportedly untouched by pollutants or pesticides.

Goji berries are deep red in color and about the same size as a raisin. They taste like a cranberry combined with a cherry, and are typically eaten dried or in juice form.


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Ideas for Eating Berries

No matter what type of berry you choose, their versatility provides you with endless opportunities to fit them into your diet. For example:

  • Mix blackberries into yogurt for a healthy snack
  • Puree raspberries with olive oil for a sweet and tangy marinade for fish or poultry
  • Add blueberries on your cereal
  • Dried cranberries are a sweet addition to any salad


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Now is the Time

OK. So now you have plenty of information to start eating more healthy. No one is saying you can't indulge from time to time. Moderation is the key my friend. When you have a craving for that massive cheeseboiger, just remember, you have choices.

Berries are good for your brain. They may help you lose weight. They are good for your eyes. Berries help slow down the aging process. They are cancer fighting.

So, I end as I began. I am concerned about you. I care about you. Now it's time for you to start caring - about you. - Dexter Yarbrough

Copyright 2011


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

I love berries, but I have to admit I love boigers too. Also I have to admit that I've never heard of a Goji berry. They sound great. I think I'll give them a try. Long live the T.E.A. Party.

Thanks

Chuck


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Chuck! Thanks for reading! I think you will like the Goji berry. Good to see you!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I'm off to the supermarket to stock up on berries. Thanks, Dexter. Up and useful.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hey Pop, thanks! Maybe you can use some berries in an upcoming recipe. See you at the Inn!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I will be tweeting, digg, reddit, stumble and facebook this hub. People need to be aware of the benefits of all fruits and the disadvantages of eating badly.

By the way today is my biththday, can you guess my age by my photograph? I eat healthy, hate red meats, a steak now and then, lots of fruits and veges.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Happy Birthday, Cardisa! Thanks for sharing my hub. I would say by your photo you are 23. Am I right? Have a great birthday!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

You are so kind, kidding around like that! 23 indeed!! Try the big 40 instead!

Thanks for the birthday big up!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Seriously! I thought you were 23! Wow. You take great care of yourself!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..this is really good to know because I don't need cancer in my life - nor does anyone - my dad died from lung cancer - on my next shopping expedition I will pick up some 'berries' - thanks to you!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Great! You will enjoy them! Thanks!


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feenix 5 years ago

Dexter, this is an awesome hub and I voted it up. I closely identify with what you posted because back in 2006, I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Well, I do not have that disease today. And that is largely because I went on an all-out offensive against it by changing my diet to one that is low in carbs, sweetners and fats. In addition, I consume at least one serving of berries every day (mostly strawberries and blueberries) and nearly every day, I make a tasty berry smoothy for myself.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Excellent share and far better than using medication.

This is an important Hub. Thanks.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Lady_E! Yes. Eating good foods beats taking medication any day of the week. Thanks so much!


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

Love Berries, the darker the better. Blue Berries ROCK!! If only I could come up with a good blue berry pizza or meat loaf recipe.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

Hi Dexter - I am so glad to see strawberries on your list. I love strawberries they are my all time favorite snack. I think its great when people spread awareness about the benefits of eating healthy.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Dex, I love berries, thank you for this great info, now I am going to eat more, much more...voting up


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Uncorrectedvision! Actually, some people put pineapples on pizza so why not blueberries? Thanks for checking it out!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Jennie! Thanks for checking out my hub. I love strawberries as well. Hopefully more people will eat healthy foods. They are delicious!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Movie Master! Great! Berries are really good for you. Thanks so much!


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satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

Charming, the way you wrote this article, comedic yet informative, Dexter. Okay, yes I love MAYO big time! I eat chips-mostly Fritos, and take me to K-Mart, where I think you can find the best combo burger meal, and I won't speak to you til I'm done! Giggles. Still I am big on alternative health, and I do the raw food vibe, but not as much as I should. I shy away from strawberries, never had a gogi berry, and raspberries don't make me want to eat them because of all the seeds or whatever is inside them. Even still, all the other berries have my attention because I know they are great for the body and of their benefit to it. We are dealing with a family issue right now and so I will be copying your link and sending it to a family member to view. Good health is important to me. Your hub is one that will encourage me to challenge myself to continued better health. Great Hub! I truly love the way you express yourself in all you write! I hit all your buttons and voted u up to the max!

P.S. ~ Does Cherry pie count! (Smiles)


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Satice! Thank you so much. I understand how you feel about some of the berries. I would suggest grapes. The purple ones. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. And they are great for fighting off cancer and other illnesses.

But I know what you mean about the chips! I really do!!

Cherry pie doesn't count!!!!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

A wonderful piece. You ve presented this amazingly. The pictures were excellent


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ubanichijioke! Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed it!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Great information with beautiful pictures. I'm glad I love berries--any kind. I grew up eating goji berries in soups and teas. Once again, very nicely done and rating it up.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Anglnwu! Yes, when I researched for this hub, I found some fascinating facts about berries and have been eating more ever since. As a result, I have become more healthier.

Thank you so much for the kind comment and vote up!


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bangingbeauty 5 years ago

Hi Dexter, this is a wonderful post. I love a smoothie made with berries in the morning, mixed with a little flaxseed. Berries are indeed very healthy fruits, and you are right that everyone of us should try to eat more berries. Cheers, BB


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Bangingbeauty! It is always a pleasure. berries are soooo good! I may have to try the smoothies and flaxseed. Sounds really good. Thanks for your great comments!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great hub, my husband and I are getting started on berries..for pain and inflammation. JoJo has been banned and she doesn't know why and needs to know who to get in touch with, would you know? I have no idea why this happened, but am hoping it is a mistake. All I have seen lately is her violin hubs. I told her I would see if someone knows.

Voted you up and across, this is a very attractive hub and well done.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I found an email that should get her to them. Contact us, right? lol


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Jackie! I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. I don't know who JoJo can contact but the Hubpages staff are usually very reasonable.

Thanks so much for the votes and encouragement!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

They contacted her and said she was banned with no chance for returning; just thought you may want to know. I think she is still not too sure what she did wrong and neither am I since I was enjoying her violin lessons and if they were short so are other peoples and many have scores much higher than I have hopes of reaching, regardless of talent, but guess there is nothing I can do to help her or I would if I did understand.

Yes this is one of the better hubs I have ever seen and I may come back to it for forming better myself if I start having ads, thank you.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love berries of all kinds. Especially ones that help improve your health without you realizing it. I like the taste of them but I know so many people have to be fooled into eating healthfully. But anything that helps beat cancer is automatically delicious to me. Great hub!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Alecia! I love berries as well. I know for a fact that they have helped me fight disease and have helped control weight.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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Frannie Dee 4 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

Thank you for providing this information Dexter. I have recently been advised to add berries and seeds to my diet to reduce inflamation. This is the ultimate berry pep talk!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Frannie! Great! Berries will do you good. Thank so much for reading!


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Dexter I ran across this hub and must say I had to stop and read as I have a dear friend that just told me her 21 year old daughter had to drop out of college (her senior year) because of breast cancer. Its so sad to hit the young at the best years of their lives.

I had heard years ago about berries but had forgotten so I will pass this info along.

Donna


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

HI Frog Princess! I am sorry for this young lady. It is unfortunate how this disease is striking young and old alike.

If my hub can be some measure of assistance, great. Thanks you so much for reading, commenting and passing it along.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I like most kinds of berries. Cranberries I have a hard time getting used to. Wisconsin rapids, Wisconsin is a major area for growing them too, so it seems almost patriotic to eat them.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States Author

Same here, Dahoglund! I don't think I have ever eaten cranberries. They are usually in juice, sauce or a pill. That is great trivia - that cranberries are grown in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Thanks!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Great hub. I grow and enjoy all these berries except cranberries. I also grow gooseberries plus red and black currants. So many health benefits, and so much fun picking and eating them fresh from the garden! Voted up.


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Dexter Yarbrough 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, LongTimeMother! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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