Enhancing Immunity with Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, cranberries, grape, kiwi, banana, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber and watermelons are all berries. This is because they are indehiscent fruit that does not split open to release its seeds when ripe, has a few or many seeds, and is derived from a single, simple, or compound ovary. Berries are a rich source of phytochemicals including polyphenols that may have immune enhancing effects. Studies show that berries may modulate immunity in humans and animals. In particular the phytochemicals in berries may enhance the activity of certain immune cells and thereby confer protection from the development of cancer. Berries for example might improve the ability of T cells to recognise cancer cells and thereby significantly increase the chance of their destruction before they have time to establish. Eating berries as part of a health diet may therefore provide significant immune enhancement and this may provide additional protection from the development of cancer. 

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Pan, P., Huang, Y. W., Oshima, K., Yearsley, M., Zhang, J., Yu, J., Arnold, M. and Wang, L. S. 2018. An immunological perspective for preventing cancer with berries. Journal of Berry Research. 8(3): 163-175

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