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Eat blueberries to prevent cancer

Want to stave off intestinal diseases like colon cancer? Eat blueberry daily. The fibre in the fruit can help prevent a number of intestinal diseases like ulcerative colitis, from developing.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 10, 2010 18:57 IST

BlueberriesWant to stave off intestinal diseases like colon cancer? Eat blueberry daily, says a study.

Swedish researchers at Lund University have found that the fibre in the fruit can help prevent a number of intestinal diseases like ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, from developing. And if taken with probiotics, the good type of bacteria that can be found in yoghurts, blueberries could even protect against colon cancer.

The researchers said they carried out this research to see if various types of fibre and health promoting bacteria could alleviate the risk of both intestinal disease and bowel cancer.

Dr Camilla Branning, the lead author of the study, was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying, "New knowledge of this field is also of interest to those who don't believe they run the risk of developing any intestinal diseases."

"In recent years the research world has been realising that our health is governed to a great extent by what happens in our large intestine."