By Bobbie Whitehead
Researchers say they have found another benefit to eating blueberries, a fruit with antioxidants and a component that may offset the aging effects.
The City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases in Duarte, Calif., published a study in May that shows blueberries help to “control tumor growth, decrease metastasis and induce cell death in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells,” according to a press release.
TNBC cells lack certain receptors, “estrogen, progesterone and human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2),” making this subtype of cancer, which accounts for 15 percent of breast cancers, difficult to treat, according to the City of Hope.
“We observed that blueberries help fight triple-negative breast cancers by suppressing pathways critical to tumor development and migration,” said Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Division of Tumor Cell Biology.