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Spoonfuls of Strawberries Help the Cholesterol Go Down
Date:3/10/2009

Evidence Continues to Mount For Strawberry Nutrition Benefits

WATSONVILLE, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions of Americans now in hot pursuit of super foods that improve health and longevity, the latest research results on strawberries are right on time. A new study published in the scientific journal, Metabolism, found that antioxidants in strawberries help lower "bad" cholesterol.

The study, conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, backs existing evidence that touts strawberries as one of the world's most nutrient-rich foods. It showed that the antioxidant power in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. High cholesterol is known to contribute to heart disease which is the leading cause of death for women and men.

"As more Americans embrace healthy eating trends to promote their own health and guard against illness, these types of findings are important," said Dr. Jenkins. "Diet plays a crucial role in lowering cholesterol and including antioxidant-rich strawberries in a healthy diet is a behavior change that's simple and delicious to make."

Antioxidants Review

Antioxidants are the body's internal heroes that go to battle with harmful "free radicals" known to contribute to diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to a US Department of Agriculture study, strawberries rank third when compared to the top fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Ultimate "Super Fruit"

The good news from this study adds to the growing body of research that supports the importance of strawberries as a "super fruit."

SOURCE California Strawberry Commission
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