(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- A new study suggests that strawberries could be an acceptable treatment for esophageal cancer.
The esophagus carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach. Cancer of the esophagus is one of the more common gastrointestinal cancers.
Research presented to the American Association of Cancer Research says freeze-dried strawberries may be an alternative to drugs for prevention of esophageal cancer.
Participants with pre-cancerous lesions of the esophagus consumed 60 grams of freeze-dried strawberries every day for six months.
The freeze-drying was crucial because removing water concentrates the fruit's cancer-preventative properties almost ten-fold.
Results showed 29 our of 36 participants had a decrease in the severity of pre-cancerous lesions.
The study authors concluded that frozen strawberries may slow down the progression of cancer of the esophagus.
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