One of the summer season’s biggest culinary pleasures might also provide a big boost to your health. Black raspberries, which have antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce your risk of developing colon cancer, according to scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who based their findings on animal research.
The researchers used mice that developed either intestinal tumors or colitis, which can contribute to the development of colorectal cancer. In a randomized feeding the mice were given either a high-fat, low-nutrient diet, or the same diet with the addition of black raspberry powder. After 12 weeks the berry-fed mice had fewer tumors and less inflammation, according to the UIC researchers, who recently published their findings in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.