Small but mighty, berries are rich in cancer-preventive antioxidants, including anthocyanins. “Berry antioxidants seem to work best in early stages of cancer development to slow growth of precancerous cells and trigger abnormal cells to die,” says professor Gary Stoner, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Protection power: Animal studies and preliminary human studies suggest berries (especially black raspberries) may help prevent cancer in the mouth, esophagus, and colon.

Eat: 1 cup fresh or frozen berries or 2 tablespoons freeze-dried whole berry powder mixed into beverages, yogurt, and other foods daily

Recipes: 

Berry Lemon Applesauce

Strawberry Gelato

Fresh Berry Cups

Raspberry Breakfast Smoothie

Melon and Berry Salad