High strawberry intake shown to be good for the heart

Eating strawberries every day can lower cholesterol levels and impact positively on other measures of susceptibility to heart disease, according to researchers in Spain and Italy.

Strawberry - image:David Lenker
Strawberry - image:David Lenker

Under the study, healthy volunteers ate 500g of strawberries a day for a month, with various measures of well-being taken before, immediately after and 15 days after the trial period.

"Strawberry consumption beneficially influenced the lipid profile by significantly reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride levels," the researchers concluded, but added: "All the parameters returned to baseline values after the washout period."

They also noted: "Strawberry consumption improves plasma lipid profile, biomarkers of antioxidant status, antihemolytic defences and platelet function in healthy subjects," and suggested extending the trial to subjects identified as already at risk of heart disease.

The study is published in the current Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

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