Past investigations have shown that the ingestion of 500 g of strawberries (between 10 and 15 strawberries) per day offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and reduces blood cholesterol levels.
Now, a new study published in the open-access journal ‘Scientific Reports’ presents promising results on the potential positive effects of the fruit to prevent or treat breast cancer. Scientists used an extract from the Alba strawberry to feed female mice with breast cancer tumors, as well as lab-grown cancer cells.
In total, the strawberries made up 15 percent of the mice's diet. That is just shy of the recommended daily amount of fruit we should eat each day, and would be equivalent to a punnet of strawberries. After five weeks on a strawberry-boosted diet, the mice showed no sign of progressing cancer spread - and in many, their tumors even shrank.