Eating only 15 strawberries a day protects you from breast cancer, according to a new medical study.
Scientists used an extract from strawberries to feed female breast cancer breast cancer.
In total, strawberries accounted for 15 percent of mice ‘feed. This percentage is the daily recommended amount of fruit that we have to eat every day.
After five weeks, in the addition of strawberry diet, rats showed no signs of cancer spread and in most of them, tumors even shrunk.
However, researchers noted that the results from animal tests do not imply that they will have the same effects on humans.
Dr. Maurizio Battino, from the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy, said: ‘We saw a significant reduction in the weight and volume of the tumor.’
The cancer cells used in the experiments were from a highly aggressive and invasive strain.
However, the researchers stressed that the results from animal tests do not necessarily mean the same effects will be seen in humans.
Previous studies have already shown that eating between 10 and 15 strawberries a day can make arteries healthier by reducing blood cholesterol levels.
Phenolic plant compounds in the fruits are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects.
Breast cancer cell line studies showed that strawberry extract blocked biological processes involved in tumor growth and spread.
The activity of several genes playing a role in metastasis, or cancer spread, were reduced.
At the same time, one gene believed to suppress the spread of breast cancer, Htatip2, became more active.
Dr. Battino said: ‘The majority of diseases, including cancer, are complex, and involve complex interactions between cellular and molecular systems that determine the development of the disease.
‘These results are without a doubt valid for understanding potential effects of strawberries on breast cancer and the molecular mechanisms involved.
They must be complemented with clinical and epidemiological studies to verify whether humans experience the same positive effects as we have observed in mice.’
The study appears in the latest edition of the journal Scientific Reports.