Strawberries are recognized as a source of welltrients including vitamin C, folate, potassium, flavonoids, quercetin, kaempferol and ellagic acid(EA), research has shown EA as an inhibitor to the growth of cancer cells.
The wild ancestors of the most commonly cultivated strawberry today can be white, yellow, taste like pineapples, or the stalks can even point the fruit towards the sun. •
“The modern strawberry is just one of hundreds of varieties cultivated worldwide. There are also about 20 wild species. They all have different properties - visible in the size, shape and color of the fruit, or the size and abundance of flowers. The aim of our project is to identify the properties that play a role in inhibiting carcinogenesis,” says Mithen.
One of the strawberry welltrients that may play a role against cancer is ellagic acid. Strawberries are the main dietary source of ellagic acid in the west. .
In Studies: Research by Dr Yannick Ford at Horticulture Research International has highlighted the variation in ellagic acid content between varieties, with some white-fruited strawberries having particularly high levels.
Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in the UK have begun work to identify the compounds in strawberries responsible for inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
History: The modern-day strawberry, is a "rookie" to the agricultural scene. Descendants of a wild strawberries collected and eaten since as early as 50 A.D., when the Romans used to serve them at banquets. Most North American varieties date back to about 1835.
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