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A Sweet Berry For A Sour Belly

February 11, 2013 by  

A Sweet Berry For A Sour Belly
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A team of Italian, Serbian and Spanish researchers has confirmed that consumption of strawberries can provide a protective effect in the stomachs of mammals.

Laboratory rats given ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and then examined by the research team showed fewer ulcerations in the stomachs of those rats that had eaten strawberry extract (40 milligrams/day per kilo of weight) for 10 days before being given alcohol.

The conclusions of the study, published in PLoS ONE, proved that a diet rich in strawberries can have a beneficial effect when it comes to preventing gastric illnesses that are related to the generation of free radicals or other reactive oxygen species. The berry could very well slow down the formation of stomach ulcers in humans.

Gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach mucous membrane, is related to alcohol consumption but can also be caused by viral infections or by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as aspirin) or medication used to treat against the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

Maurizio Battino, coordinator of the research group at the Marche Polytechnic University (UNIVPM, Italy) said: “In these cases, the consumption of strawberries during or after pathology could lessen stomach mucous membrane damage.”

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • Hedgehog

    The same effect can be achieved by taking: cimetidine, ranitidine, or famotidine, without the danger of ingesting the pesticides strawberries are sprayed with! Furthermore if you leave the fruit alone you miss the fructose which is bad for diabetics and those with insulin resistance. Sugars are poison, and should be labelled as such!

  • Roger

    Although many different berries are good for you, the ones you buy in the supermarket are not! Strawberries rank #1 on the list of produce for the greatest amount of toxic pesticides! These pesticides along with the sugar content of same far outweigh any benefits that you can realize UNLESS you can find/buy 100% Certified Organic or grow your own!

  • ibcamn

    Okay,who owns the most berry stocks!check it out!berry sales are down,lets boost the stocks,come on people,help them out!!buy buy buy,,sell sell sell!!

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