A recent finding has discovered that chokeberries can help improve the treatment in people with pancreatic cancer. Chokeberries, also known as aronia berries, are found in North America and commonly grown in wet woods and swamps. They come in three different colors: red, black, and purple (a breed of red and black). (1)
Pancreatic cancer is found to be the leading cause of cancer deaths.
The pancreas plays a role in enzyme secretion that aids in digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars. The cancer usually has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Signs and symptoms usually do not appear until it’s too advanced in the stage and surgical removal isn’t possible. (2)
The American Cancer Society gives us the most recent statistics on pancreatic cancer in the United States. Approximately 46,420 people (25,530 men and 22,890 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Moreover, approximately 39,590 people (20,170 men and 19,420 women) will die from the cancer. The rates have been steadily increasing over the years. (3)
It appears to me that the incidences occur fairly evenly between men and women.
Chokeberries are at its initial stage of testing.
In combination with conventional chemotherapy drug, the berry extract was able to eliminate more cancer cells in a pancreatic cancer sample. However, the UK research is still at its early stages and much more work is needed to test the effectiveness of berries, especially in human trials. (4)
A group of researchers from the University of Southhampton and King’s College Hospital in London underwent some testing. Pancreatic cancer is typically hard to treat and has an average survival period of around six month after diagnosis. What the researchers did find is that in combination with the berry extract and the conventional chemotherapy drug, gemcitabine, more cancer cells died. (4)
Scientists did emphasize that more study needs to be done as Bashir Lwaleed says, “We need to do more research to understand how the chemotherapy and berry work together.” (5)
Chokeberries are packed with phyto-nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
While scientists continue to investigate the benefits of chokeberries for pancreatic cancer patients, we know for a fact that the berry provides many health benefits. Here are the benefits: (6)
- They are low in calories and have one of the highest values of antioxidants!
- The black color provides high amounts of flavonoids anti-oxidants such as carotenes, luteins, and zeaxanthins.
- Other studies have found that the berries can aid in aging, neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.
- They are good sources of vitamin C, A, E, beta-carotene, folate, and minerals. In fact, 100g of fresh berries provide about 35% of the recommended levels of vitamin C.
Chokeberries seem like one fruit that is intriguing and I’m curious to know what it tastes like!
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