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New study shows eating strawberries daily can quickly improve health

Posted: March 9, 2010 6:57 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2010 6:46 p.m.
 
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- When it comes to eating healthy, most people know it's a good long-term choice, but what they may not know is that eating certain foods daily can provide immediate health benefits. According to a new UCLA study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the antioxidant power in strawberries becomes "bioavailable" or ready to work in the blood after just a few short weeks of eating, resulting in the potential to improve the body's defense against chronic disease.

"There's a lot of talk today about the levels of antioxidants in fruit," said Dave Grotto, RD, and author of 101 Optimal Life Foods, "But just because a food contains antioxidants does not guarantee that those antioxidants are available for use by the body once eaten. This study validates the importance of eating super foods like strawberries on a regular basis."

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-- Commit to adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet every day beginning today until March 31.
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-- Three winners will be randomly selected and contacted via Facebook on April 1.
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The UCLA Study
Twenty-one healthy women ate about one-half pound of strawberries daily for three weeks. Several measures of antioxidant capacity in the blood were taken. Eating strawberries resulted in an increase in the body's ability to prevent the oxidation of blood lipids such as LDL cholesterol. Increased levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol in the blood have been identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women and men.

Enjoying strawberries regularly can increase the body's antioxidant capacity, which may have heart, health and other benefits. With continued research findings about the positive role they play in overall health, coupled with their year-round availability, strawberries are a superfruit that can be enjoyed everday.

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About the California Strawberry Commission
The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency that represents an industry of more than 500 growers and 60 shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications.

 

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