But one wonders if another part of the story – the exciting results in which blueberry extract not only equaled, but exceeded, the effects of radiation – received proper attention.
Radiation has been the gold standard of treatment for cervical cancer. Yet natural, non-toxic blueberry extract was demonstrably more effective (in this study, at least) in killing cancer cells.
The team reported that the extract suppressed a pair of molecules, cyclin D and cyclin E, that encourage the cancerous transformation of cells. In addition to limiting cancer cell proliferation, the blueberry extract caused cells to undergo apoptosis, a type of programmed cell “suicide.”
And, it accomplished this without causing any harmful side effects. (The same can’t be said of radiation, which can damage healthy surrounding cells along with the malignant ones – and cause side effects such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bowel obstruction).