Eating strawberries can reduce diabetes risk
Strawberries pack beneficial qualities that may protect us from developing diabetes and heart disease, according to new research from the University of Warwick in the UK.
Researchers there discovered that extracts from strawberries activate a protein in our bodies that can increase antioxidant activities.
Called 'Nrf2,' this protein decreases blood lipids and cholesterol, both of which can lead to cardiovascular problems.
First study of its kind
This study was the first to prove that strawberry extracts actively stimulate proteins that can protect us from disease.
Previous studies found that eating strawberries could counter post-meal blood glucose and low density lipoprotein, called 'bad' cholesterol, decreasing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"We've discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our in-built defenses 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 Paul Thornalley, professor from Warwick Medical School and lead researcher.
Future studies could help identify the best varieties of strawberries and how to process and eat them for the optimal health benefits.
Eat your veggies--and fruits
Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other nutrients important for good health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC says that compared to those who eat only a small amount of fruits and vegetables, people who eat higher amounts are likely to reduce their risk of dis Continue reading