Black Raspberry Chemopreventives

The new oral care strategy: berries and their tremendous advantages

Many people interested in having Hollywood teeth already know that strawberries are a great and tasty way to make your teeth whiter. How about other berries? Well, the most powerful and amazing berry in terms of health benefits is, according to scientists, black raspberry.

The role of black raspberries in chemoprevention

Latest research indicates that natural remedies may improve the condition of oral cancer patients. While standard procedures often require removing cancerous lesions in the oral cavity surgically, in some cases, these lesions reappear. Tons of alternative medicine solutions reach in antioxidants have been attempting more or less successfully to suppress cell alteration in oral cancer patients. Among these alternative treatment solutions, black raspberries appear to be a potential candidate to a successful approach to some oral cancers.

Raspberry gel? Seriously?

Researchers have demonstrated that the topical use of a pharmaceutically created raspberry gel is efficient in both reducing premalignant features and suppressing the spread of damaged cells. It doesn’t work on absolutely all oral cancer patients, but most of them can try it, while enjoying the wonderful advantage of using a non-toxic treatment.

The black raspberry strategy is based on a lyophilisation process (a.k.a. freeze-drying), which allows the water inside the fruit to sublimate after freezing; while this technology is not exactly a novelty, and has numerous applications such as in food industry and pharmaceuticals, it seems to be the most efficient way to get the necessary substances out of the plant without spoiling its active properties, while increasing absorption. So, yes, raspberry gel seems to be able to slow down and keep oral cancer under control.

What are black raspberries?

The Latin name of the plant is Rubus occidentalis; black raspberry plants originate from North America and are closely related to blue raspberries (Rubus leucodermis), European red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) and to American red raspberries (Rubus strigosus). Rubus occidentalis is a deciduous shrub featuring an aspect very similar to many other berries. Although the fruit closely resembles blackberries, the taste is different and specific.

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