May 2, 2011
Good news about a tasty treat that's just coming into season.
Preliminary research from China shows strawberries may help prevent esophageal cancer.
Esophageal, or throat cancer, kills about 15,000 Americans a year, and unfortunately the number of new cases is increasing.
Study authors say their research shows freeze-dried strawberries seem to help stop precancerous lesions in their tracks before they have a chance to turn into tumors.
In the study, a group of people with precancerous lesions of the esophagus ate freeze-dried strawberries every day for six months.
The freeze-dried version has about 10 times the amount of antioxidants as fresh.
By the end of the study, the precancerous lesions had shrunk in 80% of the study participants.
More research needs to be done to confirm the findings, but in the meantime, it can't hurt to load up on strawberries this season.
In addition to their cancer-fighting properties they may also help protect you against arthritis, cancer and macular degeneration.