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Researchers call strawberries the new superfruit
07.05.2012A diet rich in strawberries may be an important addition to the diets of individuals who are on healthcare and wellness programs to lower their cholesterol. A new study has shown that the berry may play an important role in preventing much of the cardiovascular damage that comes from having high cholesterol.
The key to this function is a protein found in the human body known as Nrf2. Previous studies have shown that when this protein is activated, it has significant antioxidant properties that limit damage to tissue. It can lower cholesterol levels and prevent much of the damage that comes from high blood lipids.
In the current study, a team of researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School showed that compounds in strawberries work to activate the Nrf2 protein, thereby supporting heart health.
"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," said lead researcher Paul Thornally.
He added that strawberries have a bit of a bad reputation in terms of their effect on health. This is largely a product of the fact that they are commonly used in desserts, which causes people to associate the berry with foods of questionable nutritional value.
However, he said the finding highlights the fact that people should reconsider this assumption. Strawberries should perhaps be considered a superfruit for their strong nutritional benefits.
Individuals who are enrolled in healthcare and wellness programs in order to lower their cholesterol levels and reduce their cardio-metabolic risk may want to consider making strawberries a larger part of their regular diet.
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