Could this Brazilian fruit – similar to cherries – hold the KEY to preventing CANCER? 

A Brazilian fruit, similar to cherries, has been hailed by researchers as having 'disease preventing powers'. 

Cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by inflammation in some parts of the body, scientists explained.

The inflammation doesn’t show up, so the patient may be unaware they’re at risk of developing the diseases. Anti-oxidants are key to preventing diseases caused by chronic inflammation.

Five Brazilian fruits, similar to cherries, could prevent a handful of common conditions thanks to their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.

The fruit – named araçá-piranga, cereja-do-rio-grande, grumixama, e ubajaí, and bacupari-mirim – have more disease-preventing powers than blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, researchers report.

As well as being packed full of vitamins and nutrients, they could fight free radicals in the body – atoms that could cause ageing, and even diseases.

“The oxidative action of free radicals leads to the appearance of dependent inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, obesity and Alzheimer’s,” said researcher Pedro Rosalen.

“These are silent inflammations, hence the importance of anti-oxidants.”

All of the species are rare in Brazil, but it’s only a matter of time before they become a fashionable food to eat, the scientists said.

Severino Matias Alencar, another researcher working on the study, said: “There wasn't much scientific knowledge about the properties of these native fruits.

“The idea now, with the results of our study, is for them to be grown by family farmers, increase production scale and be taken up by retailers.”

The fruits could be the next açaí, Alencar added.

Açaí is an Amazonian berry, that’s packed full of anti-oxidants. It’s become a commercial success, and Brazil now exports açaí puree to several counties.

Meanwhile, other foods rich in anti-oxidants include dark chocolate, pecans and artichoke.

Cloves, cinnamon and oregano are herbs rich in anti-oxidants.