Researchers reveal that berries have the potential to combat cancer, according to a new study published on April 10, 2018.
Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, discovered that pigments present in berries can be used to help regulate a key enzyme in cancer cells. This in turn is expected to open up new avenues for treating deadly diseases such as cancer.
Cyanidin, a pigment found in wild berries, blackcurrants, and lingonberries, was found to increase levels of the Sirtuin 6 enzyme and decrease the expression of the Twist1 and GLUT1 cancer genes, while increasing the expression of the tumor suppressor FoXO3 gene in cells.
The expression of genes that control the function of cells, are regulated by Sirtuins. Ageing leads to changes in their function, contributing to diseases. This is how cancer can be suppressed among individuals with specific genetic expressions.