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Strawberries Boost Heart Health

Posted Jul 30 2012 10:08pm
Posted on July 30, 2012, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular Functional Foods
Strawberries Boost Heart Health

Previously, a number of studies have shown that strawberries consumption counters post-meal blood glucose and low density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad” cholesterol), thereby helping to decrease risk of diabetes and heart disease.  Paul Thornalley, from Warwick Medical School (United Kingdom), and colleagues have discovered that extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein known as Nrf2, which is associated with increased antioxidant and other protective activities. This protein works to decrease blood lipids and cholesterol, primary risk factors for cardiovascular problems.

Thornalley P. et al.  Presentation at 16th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Free Radical Research International (SFRRI), September 2012.

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