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Strawberries can Prevent Heart Disease, Study

Strawberries can Prevent Heart Disease, Study

(epharmanews) – Strawberries can protect against cardiovascular (heart) disease and diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Warwick.

Researchers from the University of Warwick have been studying the health effects of strawberries, particularly on the heart, in an attempt to understand how strawberries can protect against heart disease and diabetes.

The study found that extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein in human bodies called “Nrf2” which increases antioxidants and other protective activities. Nrf2 decreases blood lipids and cholesterol which are two of the main culprits that lead to cardiovascular problems.

The study lead author, Professor Paul Thornalley from Warwick Medical School, says: “We’ve discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our in-built defences to keep cells, organs and blood vessels healthy and which can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers will apply screening and mathematical modeling techniques developed at the University of Warwick to help identify the best varieties of strawberries, how they are served or processed and how many strawberries should be eaten for optimum health benefit.

Many earlier studies have highlighted the positive effects strawberries have on health. Strawberries have been proved to reduce the risk to develop Parkinson’s disease in men by 40 percent, and to delay age-related memory loss in older women by an average of two and a half years. These two effects were linked to flavonoids that can be found in strawberries.

“So don’t feel guilty about serving up strawberries and cream … although I’d suggest more strawberries and less or even no cream!” Thornally concluded.

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