(KAIT/NBC) - Blueberries are widely recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet, but they could also play a role in fighting cervical cancer.
Missouri University researchers found blueberry extract could make radiation therapy treatments more effective.
Dr. Yujiang Fang's team at the MU School of Medicine found that blueberry extract greatly improved the effectiveness of radiation therapy on cancer cells.
Resveratrol, a chemical found in blueberries, acts as a radiosensitizer.
"We reduce the dosage of radiation, but the killing effect on cancers is not reduced, and it's even enhanced," Fang said.
The combination of radiation and blueberry extract eliminated the number of cancer cells by a whopping 70%.
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