OSU Study Validates Advice to Eat More Strawberries

According to a study published in the October issue of Nutrition Journal, women reduced total cholesterol after a daily consumption of a strawberry-based beverage.
Lead researcher, Arpita Basu in the Nutritional Sciences department at Oklahoma State University, was encouraged by the results.
“In just four weeks, we saw a significant reduction in cholesterol among these women who had moderately elevated cholesterol levels,” Basu said.
The report follows research conducted by David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, that showed antioxidant levels in strawberries can improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets. Both of these recent studies concluded that the cholesterol lowering effects may be attributed to one or more of the following: antioxidants, fiber, or phytochemicals in strawberries.
The new study found that women with metabolic syndrome who consumed two cups of a beverage made with freeze-dried strawberry powder, twice a day for four weeks, showed a decrease in cholesterol levels. This is important because high cholesterol is known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women with metabolic syndrome and contributes to CVD mortality in both women and men.

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