Black Raspberry Extract powerfully protects the esophagus and colon

March 28, 2007

Dr Gary Stoner, professor of public health and researcher at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State University states that

?Black raspberries are loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals that may prevent the development of cancer?. Dr Stoner should know, he has coauthored a number of studies demonstrating a powerful protective benefit from this tasty berry.

In his most recent work which was presented this week at the American Chemical Society?s 233rd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago, he has demonstrated a very powerful protective effect. In this study rats were exposed to a noxious chemical-substance guaranteed to cause esophageal and/or colon cancer. The rats were split into two groups; one group was fed the regular diet, the other group was fed the same diet but with the addition of a Black Raspberry Extract. Those lucky rats fed the Black Raspberry Extract developed up to 80% fewer colon tumors and up to 60% fewer esophageal tumors than non-supplemented rats. Based on these findings the scientists have begun tests in people with Barrett?s esophagus (a condition seen in people with GERD that increases the risk of esophageal cancer) and precancerous colon polyps.

Hawthorn Leaf Extract reduces the risk of death in heart failure patients

In congestive heart failure the heart muscle is no longer able to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. In a clinical trial that included 2,681 patients with congestive heart failure the effects of Hawthorn Leaf Extract were compared to placebo; the patients were already receiving medical treatment. The patients in the study had severely impaired left ventricular function (this affects the ability to pump blood to the body) indicating advanced congestive heart failure. The researchers found that patients receiving the extract had a 20% reduction in cardiac-related deaths; a major beneficial effect in these patients at imminent risk of dying. The effects were a reduced risk of dying from fatal heart attacks and sudden cardiac death. The study was just presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in New Orleans.