Strawberries activate protection protein to prevent cardiovascular disease

Strawberries, the traditional summer treat associated with Wimbledon could be serving up some unexpected health benefits.

Scientists at the University of Warwick have been studying the beneficial effects of strawberries on our , particularly around how they prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes.

Professor Paul Thornalley from Warwick Medical School heads the team that discovered extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein in our bodies called 'Nrf2' which is shown to increase antioxidant and other protective activities. This protein works to decrease and cholesterol, the very things which can lead to cardiovascular problems.

Eating strawberries has previously been found to counter post-meal and , or 'bad' cholesterol and therefore decrease risk of diabetes and heart disease, but this is the first time that strawberry extracts have been proved to actively stimulate proteins that offer us protection against disease.

Professor Thornalley explained:

"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 such as heart disease and diabetes. So don't feel guilty about serving up strawberries and cream … although I'd suggest more strawberries and less or even no cream!"

Screening and mathematical modelling techniques developed at the University of Warwick can now take this research further 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.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Wild strawberries may reduce cancer risk

Dec 03, 2007

We've all seen the term "super food" used to describe those nutrition-loaded edibles that promote health and discourage disease. Powerhouse foods high in antioxidants and phytochemicals that block the development ...

Strawberries protect the stomach from alcohol

Oct 25, 2011

In an experiment on rats, European researchers have proved that eating strawberries reduces the harm that alcohol can cause to the stomach mucous membrane. Published in the open access journal Plos One, the st ...

Recommended for you

CDC: Almost everyone needs a flu shot

3 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. "It's really unfortunate ...

Can you train your brain to crave healthy foods?

6 hours ago

The mere sight of a slice of gooey chocolate cake, a cheesy pizza, or a sizzling burger can drive us to eat these foods. In terms of evolution we show preference for high calorie foods as they are an important ...

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

210
not rated yet Jul 05, 2012
Strawberries are great! Why, I even have Strawberries in my music!
"Incense and Peppermints" Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1967 - Youtube here I come... groovy baby, Groovy...back in the day baby...back in the DAY!!!

word-to-ya-muthas