Cranberries are a powerful superfood, outranking most other fruits and vegetables with their large amount of disease-fighting phytochemicals. And it turns out that cranberries may benefit certain aspects of cancer treatment, too.
Cranberry Powder Lowers Serum PSA in Prostate Cancer Patients
In 2016, a study was conducted on the benefits of cranberry powder, involving 64 patients with prostate cancer. The patients were divided into two arms: the cranberry group and control (placebo) group. The cranberry group received 1500 mg of dry cranberry fruit powder for at least 21 days before having surgery (radical prostatectomy).
Significantly, the cranberry arm experienced a 22.5% decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a measure of disease progression, compared to just 0.9% in the placebo arm.
Additionally, blood levels of gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase (GT), a cancer marker, were decreased in the cranberry group.
Investigators concluded that daily consumption of powdered cranberry fruit lowered serum PSA in patients with prostate cancer. This is possibly due to properties in the fruit that regulate the expression of androgen-responsive genes, which play a critical role in the development and progression of prostate cancer.
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However, as with all plant phytochemicals, cranberries may not be beneficial for everyone. When it comes to nutrition and cancer, every person is unique.
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Student, et al., (2016). Cranberry Intervention in Patients with Prostate Cancer Prior to Radical Prostatectomy. Epub; (DOI: 10.5507/bp.2016.056).
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