Fresh strawberries are for sale everywhere in Brisbane in Spring. Delicious and good for you.
Strawberries Decrease Cholesterol levels
A lot of studies suggest that increased dietary intake of flavonoids – especially those found in berries – can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. After eight weeks of drinking a frozen berry smoothie, 66 people with an average age of 49 had an 11% reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad”) cholesterol.
Their total cholesterol decreased and a marker of oxidative stress also decreased.
Yippee. Much more fun than taking Cholesterol medication 🙂
Full of Anti-oxidants
Strawberries are abundant in essential nutrients and phytochemicals – (AKA anti-oxidants) strawberries are a fruit for which previous studies have suggested a variety of health-improving effects.
Eating strawberries also improved other blood results such as the general cholesterol levels (both good and bad), antioxidant biomarkers (such as vitamin C) and loads of other goodies.
“Strawberries consumption improves plasma lipids profile, biomarkers of antioxidant status,” the study authors encourage “further evaluation of a population with higher cardiovascular disease risk.”
Strawberries Decreased Chronic Health Problems
A 12-year study of 807 men and women aged 65 and older found those who consumed the highest levels of dietary polyphenols (AKA strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) were at 30% reduced the risk of death and had a lower risk of chronic diseases.
The news gets even better when we learn that strawberries lower the glycemic index of other high GI foods e.g. white bread, white rice. Highly colourful berries also lowered the insulin response.
Good news for Type 2 Diabetics and Insulin-dependent diabetics.
Younger women appeared to benefit from eating more berries in a longitudinal study of nurses where the berry eaters had a much lower incidence of heart disease.
Strawberries Reduce Damaging UV-A Radiation
Strawberries have been found to reduce the UV-A (ageing) effects of the sun. The study authors conclude that: “our data show that strawberry contains compounds that confer photoprotective activity in human cell lines and may protect skin against the adverse effects of UV-A radiation.”
Strawberries Help Absorb Vitamin B 12
As we grow older Vitamin B12 seems to be harder to absorb. Vitamin B 12 is needed for healthy bones and good balance.
“It doesn’t take much of these foods to make a difference. 2 cups of strawberries or a spinach salad a day works a lot better in keeping older people vital than a wonder drug.”
Dr Jim Joseph, from the Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging,
And there is more…
Strawberries Assist Brain and Memory
Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Massachusetts, USA) found that eating strawberries and blueberries may protect the brain from age-related memory loss.
“The results strongly suggest that the benefits of both berries extend beyond the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in brain.”
So if you want a long, healthy life you need to think about ways to increase your anti-oxidant levels to decrease the amount of inflammation in your entire body.
If you want to stay young, strong and healthy there will be a new category of ageing defence supplements on the market which will have a positive effect on your entire body.