If you have cancer and you decide to undergo radiation treatment, I have some great news for you. New research has found that there's a very simple way to make the radiation work even better. This is particularly true if you have cervical cancer.
While radiation is one of the most common treatments for cervical cancer, doctors use it to treat many other cancers as well. So the results of this study are encouraging.
As you may know, radiation therapy destroys cancer cells, it also destroys nearby healthy cells. In this study, University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers showed that in vitro human cancer cells, combining blueberry extract with radiation can increase the treatment's effectiveness.
"Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays to destroy cancer cells," said Yujiang Fang, M.D., Ph.D., a visiting professor at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "For some cancers, such as late-stage cervical cancer, radiation is a good treatment option. However, collateral damage to healthy cells always occurs. Based on previous research, we studied blueberry extract to verify it could be used as a radiosensitizer."
Radiosensitizers make cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. One of the best radiosensitizers is resveratrol, which is one of my favorite nutrients. Dr. Fang has showed in a previous study that resveratrol, a compound in red grapes, is a good radiosensitizer for treating prostate cancer. And, of course, blueberries also contain resveratrol.
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But there's more to blueberries than just resveratrol. Blueberries also contain flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and antibacterials.
In this study, the researchers used human cervical cancer cell lines to mimic clinical treatment. Then they divided the cell lines into four groups. These included a control group, a group that received only radiation, a group that received only blueberry extract, and a group that received both radiation and the extract.
Dr. Fang said, "Our team used three different measures to confirm results of the study. Radiation decreased cancer cells by approximately 20%. Interestingly, the cell group that received only blueberry extract had a 25% decrease in cancer. However, the biggest decline in cancer cells occurred in the radiation and extract group, with a decrease of about 70%."
That's very impressive! Fang explained that the blueberry extract was responsible for significantly reducing the abnormal explosion of cell growth. Since that's what cancer is, there's obviously a valuable place in cancer treatment for blueberry extract.
So if you're suffering from any cancer, talk to your doctor about adding blueberry extract to your treatment regimen. You can see that it works very well even without radiation. But if you need radiation treatments as well, it's even better. The blueberry extract I recommend is Advanced Resveratrol Formula, which is a fantastic cancer preventive as well.
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Steve Kroening, ND.