Results of a small scale study were presented at the 102nd meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research that suggest that eating freeze-dried strawberries may decrease risk for esophageal cancer and even delay it's progress.
In a previous study, researchers found that freeze-dried strawberries decreased precancerous lesions in the throats of rats. For this trial they gave patients 60 grams of freeze-dried strawberries daily for 6 months. They took biopsies of throat tissue before and after treatment.
Amazingly, researchers found that 29 out of 36 patients experienced a decrease in the grade of precancerous lesions found. This means that the seriousness of the lesions decreased and the tissue became more like normal throat tissue.
Esophageal cancer is the 8th most common cancer worldwide and the 6th most frequent cause of death. Eating freeze-dried strawberries is a safe, easy, and tasty way to potentially prevent this devestating disease. By removing water from the berries via the freeze-drying process, the beneficial substances in the fruit are concentrated ten-fold.
You can read the press release from the American Association of Cancer Research at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/aafc-sms032511.php#