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Has anyone been consuming black raspberries (not blackberries) on a regular basis as part of her anti-cancer diet?

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The studies on these berries seemed intriguing so I looked for them in stores and found
them unavailable even in NYC where I live. I order them from FrankFarms.com, freeze them in 1 cup portions and add them to my smoothie every morning. I have no idea if they are helping
but I am NED from stage 4B UPSC for almost 15 months. So I was wondering if anyone else is
eating them and if they think they might be helping them also. Of course, I had conventional
treatment and am on a clinical trial at Sloan.

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My naturopath recommended I eat a healthy helping of raspberries daily, the very first time I saw her. She did not specify that they had to be black raspberries. I have dark skinned berries in my smoothie each morning also. I am following a very comprehensive plan in addition to the berries, but have been NED, from stage IIIc ovarian cancer, for over two years.

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Tethys, thanks so much for responding. I find all your posts tremendously helpful
and written in a very intelligent way.
There are some studies that found black raspberries to be superior to other berries because
of their very high content of anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Anyway, they taste good too
and have been found to switch on almost 500 genes needed in fighting cancer. The rest of my diet is also foods that have at least some proven anti- cancer effect.

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Keep up the good work!

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Have read loads of corroborating evidence that all these berries have anti-angiogenic properties, wth raspberries highest in ellagic acid.

But which ones MUST be organic? Have read conflicting views on this.

Most say that blueberries and blackberries are not that heavily sprayed--but that red raspberries ARE.
(Likewise, I rarely touch strawberries unless they're organic as they're notoriously spayed.)

Any clarifications?


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My naturopath says all berries must be organic.

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According to the "AntiCancer" book, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, raspberries and grapes are heavily contaminated with pesticides and should only be consumed organic.

Bananas, oranges, tangerines, pineapple, grapefruit, melons, watermelons, plums, kiwis, blueberries, mango and papaya are considered "less contaminated" by the author.

I've been trying to develop a taste for berries in the past year, but it's slow going. Never have liked fruit much, and eating blueberries every day is hard. However, I'm getting used to it, which is different than saying that I actually like them!

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I've always loved pears, but this past year I can't resist a 'pear-day'! Don't like them hard - only soft and juicy.

The general rule of thumb (from what I've read) is to choose the organic variety of fruits and veges that cannot be peeled - berries, etc. Others with a harder outer layer that can be peeled (melons, oranges, grapefruit, etc.) can be non-organic. But still wash the outer layer before you peel so as not to transfer the pesticides during the peeling process.

I never like blueberries either. But I add some to my daily routine because I know how beneficial they are. Strawberries are wonderful, too!

Bon Apetit!


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Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues—and which do not—the following guide from the Environmental Working Group will help.

The general rule, if it has a hard skin on outside, such as cantaloupe, watermelon or avocado, it's safe enough to eat without being organic. Now with thin skinned produce, such as berries, grapes, celery, always best to be ORGANIC.

Most everything I purchase is organic....feel safer!!

12 Most Contaminated

Sweet Bell Peppers
Grapes (Imported)

12 Least Contaminated

Sweet Corn (Frozen)
Sweet Peas (Frozen)
Kiwi Fruit

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He had a Dr. on one day about what he takes to prevent cancer and he took freeze-dried black raspberry supplement daily. You can find them online and probably at vitamin shops. I only take 1 a day-but need to look up the Dr. Oz show and see how many you are suppose to take daily, it says on the bottle you can take up to 8 capsules a day. I am thinking I will start taking at least 2 a day. He said that the black raspberry is definitely the one he would not leave out of his supplements that he takes.

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Regarding the issue of raspberries and pesticides, I just spoke to Stephanie Frank, the owner of Frankfarms.com where I order my raspberries from. She said that though her raspberries are not organic, they are sprayed once lightly at the beginning of the
growing season and not again. She believes that when they are harvested they have very little residual pesticide. They are out of stock right now and will be available again in mid July. Frank farms is the largest grower of raspberries in the country and
interestingly whenever I call one of the owners answers and is happy to reply to any of my questions. Hope this helps. We're all in this together!

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