strawberry is healthy for heart, cognition, osteoarthrits and diabetes

Berries get a lot of attention for their health benefits. But, most of the spotlight goes to berries like blueberries and cranberries. We rarely hear about the health benefits of strawberries. But, that’s changing. Strawberries are sneaking into the spotlight.

Heart
Though not as famous in health circles as its more famous cousins, the research is starting to accumulate for strawberries. Several studies have now shown strawberries to be good for your heart because they improve cholesterol and triglycerides even in overweight people (Br J Nutr 2012;108(5):900-9) and people with metabolic syndrome (Nutr J 2009;28;8:43; Nutr Res 2010;30(7):462-9). Importantly, strawberry not only lowers LDL-cholesterol, it also reduces the free radical damage that renders the LDL cholesterol dangerous (Metabolism 2008;57(12):1636-44).

A massive study of 93,600 women found that eating blueberries and strawberries reduced the risk of heart attack by 34% because of their rich anthocyanin flavonoid content (Circulation 201315;127(2):188-96).

Antioxidants
Not surprisingly, since strawberries are rich in flavonoids and since they prevent free radical damage to LDL cholesterol, freeze-dried strawberry has been shown to increase antioxidant capacity (J Nutr Metab 2016;2016:3910630).

Osteoarthritis
Obesity is an important risk factor for osteoarthritis. This double-blind study gave obese people with osteoporosis either a placebo or 50g a day of freeze-dried strawberry powder. Markers of inflammation were significantly reduced in the strawberry group compared to the placebo group. The strawberry powder also significantly reduced pain and cartilage degradation (Nutrients 2017:28;9(9)).

Cognition
A large study of women over seventy found that eating more strawberries is associated with delaying cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. The benefit is believed to be because of the flavonoids in the strawberries (Ann Neurol 2012;72(1):135-43).

Blood Sugar Control
A single-blind study of overweight adults found consuming a strawberry drink two hours before a meal significantly reduced rises in blood sugar after eating. This study suggests that strawberry also improves insulin sensitivity (Food Funct 2016;7(12):4745-4752).

As these ten studies suggest, strawberries are beginning to attract the attention they deserve as a health food.

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