Are Strawberries Good For You?
Whenever we’re together, my Dad and I are in the habit of taking a daily walk. For the past two days, we’ve gone for our stroll around 5:30 and tried to be home for our 6:30 dinnertime.
At their peak right now, Michigan’s fall colors are making our excursions especially invigorating. They’ve become one of the day’s highlights.
During our walks of the past few months I’ve shared some of my plant-based research with Dad. He loved hearing about wild-blueberry benefits so much that he now eats a bowl of blueberries every day!
I was really excited to hear that. So yesterday, I told him something about another plant-based food that made him respond, “That sounds too good to be true!”
What was it?
Study results showing the incredible power of strawberries have to fight esophageal cancer. After being diagnosed with the disease, most patients live less than one year. Only 10 to 13 percent survive longer than five.
But this study showed that consuming 60 grams (4 tablespoons) of freeze-dried strawberry powder daily for six months reversed premalignant esophageal lesions in 29 of 36 patients (over 80 percent!)
All of the study’s 75 participants suffered from “… mild or moderate precancerous disease,” says Dr. Michael Greger in this NutritionFacts video. After the six months, he continues, “… most lesions either regressed from moderate to mild, or disappeared completely” in those on the full 60-gram dose.
Even better? “… [H]alf of those on the high dose of strawberries walked away disease-free!”
After our walk, I showed the video to Dad. He asked how many fresh strawberries go into 60 grams of the freeze-tried powder; I calculated it at about 2 pounds. That’s a lot of strawberries to eat every day.
On the other hand, for someone facing almost certain death, consuming a blend of fresh and powdered strawberries isn’t a problem.
Dad – who had another birthday last week- is finding that ailments seem to be more commonplace. So he asked me to keep sharing my research. Hopefully, he won’t ever face esophageal cancer.
Just knowing the incredible disease-fighting, health-healing powers of all berries has persuaded both of us to increase our daily intake. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll tell him what can happen if he eats just 1 ounce of walnuts a week!