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Emerging Evidence Shows Strawberries Can Help Lower Cholesterol

New Study Further Validates Advice to Eat More Strawberries to Improve Health

WATSONVILLE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new study published in the October 2009 issue of Nutrition Journal, women with metabolic syndrome had reduced total cholesterol levels - including LDL - after a brief period of daily consumption of a strawberry-based beverage.

This news comes on the heels of recent research conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, that showed antioxidant levels in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. Both of these recent studies concluded that the cholesterol lowering effects may be attributed to one or more of the following: antioxidants, fiber, or phytochemicals in strawberries.

The new study found that women with metabolic syndrome who consumed two cups of a beverage made with freeze-dried strawberry powder, twice a day for four weeks, showed a decrease in cholesterol levels. This is important because high cholesterol is known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women with metabolic syndrome and contributes to CVD mortality in both women and men. Additionally, those same women showed an increase in ellagic acid, an antioxidant found in strawberries, during the four-week period, indicating that the phytochemicals in strawberries are easily absorbed.

Lead researcher, Arpita Basu, PhD, RD, Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University, was encouraged by the results and said, "In just four weeks, we saw a significant reduction in cholesterol among these women who had moderately elevated cholesterol levels. This is exciting news as we look closer at the potential of strawberries when it comes to disease prevention."

Overall, these types of studies continue to demonstrate a valid scientific reason for eating strawberries on a regular basis - not just for taste - but for health. California strawberries are a super fruit that can be easily incorporated into a healthy lifestyle since they are grown year-round and available in supermarkets across the country. And, as America's favorite fruit, they are an easy daily choice for people of all ages.

About Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a significant health problem which includes dyslipidemia (low HDL, high triglyceride), impaired glucose tolerance, hypertension and central obesity. This increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and CVD.

A link to the provisional abstract for the study can be found can be found here:

Freeze-Dried Strawberry Powder and Metabolic Syndrome Study

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About the California Strawberry Commission

The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency that represents an industry of more than 500 growers and 60 shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications.

SOURCE California Strawberry Commission

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