What Are The Benefits Of Strawberries?
When we decided to spend a few weeks traveling around Alaska in a tiny RV, we knew we’d have to find room for a blender. Our typical Vitamix was too big, so we brought along our trusty Nutri-Bullet.
Before heading out, we stopped by Costco and loaded the mini-freezer with frozen fruit. Especially amazing-tasting strawberries, packed with heart-healthy antioxidants and micronutrients!
A recent comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials revealed eating strawberries decreases several factors associated with cardiovascular disease, including:
circulating oxidized LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
malondialdehyde ( a breakdown product of fat oxidation)
C-reactive protein (a vascular inflammatory)
and diastolic blood pressure.
When given a chance to help patients in the early stages of esophageal cancer, powdered strawberries achieved close to wonder-drug status. In this NutritionFacts video, Dr. Greger reports:
“Six months of eating 1 or 2 ounces a day of freeze-dried strawberries… a day [a]nd, the progression of disease was reversed in 80% of those on the … treatment. At the beginning of the study, none had a normal esophagus… By the end of the study, half of those on the high dose of strawberries walked away disease-free.”
How significant is that result?
In Dr. Greger’s words, “With a five year survival rate of only 13% after diagnosis, and most people dying with one year after getting the news, esophageal cancer is terrible.”
Given those stats, having half the patients walk away disease free is remarkable news indeed!
Have arthritis-afflicted knees? Obese osteoarthritis patients eating 3 cups (1.5 pints) of fresh strawberries daily for three months achieved “Significant reductions in constant pain, intermittent pain, and total pain,” according to another NutritionFacts video.
As good as they are for young families like mine, strawberries also have plenty to offer our parents! A 2019 study of 925 seniors aged 58 to 95 found that, “Higher strawberry intake was associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.”
Seeing these studies reminds me that when we don’t have access to fresh or frozen strawberries, the freeze-dried powdered ones are not only healthy, but with limited freezer space – a must-have for our next RV trip!