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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This berry is high in antioxidant compounds called phenols. Phenols help protect against cancer, promote heart health and act as a potent anti-inflammatory. They are an acid fruit, so make sure you do not combine them with sweet fruits like bananas, figs, persimmons, papayas or dried fruits.

Strawberries protect against oxidative stress which can help reduce your risk of cancer and other oxidative stress mediated diseases. When strawberry extracts were applied to various human cancer cells, they effectively inhibited the growth of human oral, colon, and prostate cancer cells. Another study from Cornell University found that strawberries significantly inhibited proliferation of HepG human liver cancer cells.

Rich in anthocyanins, strawberries (as well as cranberries, and blueberries) have demonstrated significant improvements in LDL oxidation, lipid peroxidation, total plasma antioxidant capacity, dyslipidemia, and glucose metabolism. Strawberries exert these effects by decreasing the activity of carbohydrate digestive enzymes, decreasing oxidative stress, up-regulating endothelial nitric oxide synthase and by inhibiting inflammatory gene expression and foam cell formation. These findings, taken together, prove that strawberries help to improve our cardiovascular health.

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