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Strawberry Consumption Associated with C-Reactive Protein Among Women: New Harvard Study
Date:10/2/2007

surprisingly, they had much higher average intakes of important heart-healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. They were also most likely to be non-smokers and get daily physical activity. In addition, the high strawberry consumers had modestly lower levels of both total and LDL cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol.

"Higher intakes of fruits and vegetables have consistently been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Strawberries are a rich source of several key nutrients and phytonutrients that may play a role in protecting heart health. This is the first study to show that strawberries may help reduce the likelihood of having elevated CRP levels in the blood. While more research is needed, this study helps provide more evidence that eating fruits and vegetables will help reduce risk for cardiovascular disease," said Sesso.

Strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants that have been shown in other studies to help reduce risk factors for heart disease and some types of cancer. Eighty-eight percent of the nation's supply of strawberries comes from California. Further information about scientific research into the links between California strawberries and health can be found at http://www.calstrawberry.com.

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Sesso HD, Gaziano JM, Jenkins D, Buring, JE, 2007. Strawberries and CVD in women. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, August 2007 issue.


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