Can This Fruit Help Some Cancer Patients?

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As many of us start New Year’s resolutions… one you might want to include is getting more fiber-rich foods in your diet, like fruits and vegetables.  We know this fiber is good for us… but new research is starting to help understand just why it’s good for us!

A study in Georgia fed mice a low-fiber, high-fat diet… the results were surprising and may help understand fiber’s role in our gut.  The mice on the low-fiber diet had a dramatic drop in the population of their gut bacteria.  Those mice also had their intestines and it’s mucus layer get smaller… as a result, bacteria wound up closer to the intestinal walls triggering immune responses.  A few days on that diet… the mice also developed chronic inflammation… after a few weeks, they gained more fat and developed higher blood sugar levels.

The results indicate the fiber helps feed the billions of bacteria in our gut… helping the immune system and intestines do their job to keep us healthy.

Cervical cancer is still a big issue for women with about 12 thousand new cases diagnosed each year… and while radiation is still one of the most common treatments… a small berry is providing a big help.

Doctors in Missouri studied in vitro human cancer cells and looked at using blueberry extract in combination with radiation… with surprising results.  Radiation alone decreased cancer cells by 20 percent… the group that received only blueberry extract actually fared better, at 25 percent… but the group that received both saw a decrease in cancer cells of about 70 percent.

Up next would be an animal study to see if the results would be similar.

Getting more exercise is something we all know we should be doing and now there is another reason why…

Research out of the Mayo Clinic is showing as little as twice-weekly exercise can improve memory in patients who already have mild cognitive impairment.  Mild cognitive impairment is a stage between expected decline with normal aging and more serious decline of dementia.  The lead author encourages aerobic exercise… a brisk walk or jog… for 150 minutes a week.  You should work up a bit of a sweat… but it doesn’t need to be so rigorous that you can’t hold a conversation.

More than 6 percent of people in their 60’s have mild cognitive impairment… that number grows to more than one third of those aged 85 and older.

That’s a look at what’s making headlines in natural health this week.  Go to and sign up for our free email newsletter to stay connected to the latest in natural health!



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This weeks look at natural health headlines focuses on a natural addition to cervical cancer treatments that's showing promise in studies! Also find out how fiber might actually be working in our bodies and how it can help!

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