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Strawberries may help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol

March 12, 2009 by  

Strawberries may help reduce cholesterol New information has emerged about the cholesterol-fighting properties of strawberries.

The sweet fruit is a known source of antioxidants which have anti-cancer benefits. But, according to a study conducted at the University of Toronto, they also help improve and maintain the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets.

The study looked at 28 men and women with high cholesterol who were on a diet to lower it. One half of the group was asked to add three cups of strawberries per day.

The researchers found that those who consumed strawberries showed evidence of reduced oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol. LDL is the ‘bad’ cholesterol that is even more damaging when it becomes oxidized.

It is responsible for arteriosclerosis which can lead to a heart
attack, the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S.

"As more Americans embrace healthy eating trends to promote their own health and guard against illness, these types of findings are important," says Dr. David J.A. Jenkins, the author of the study.

"Diet plays a crucial role in lowering cholesterol and including antioxidant-rich strawberries in a healthy diet is a behavior change that’s simple and delicious to make," he adds.
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  • Bob Livingston

    The strawberry is a wonderful colored fruit that seems to be good for everybody. But to connect it with cholesterol lowering benefits is an exercise in futility.

    There is not even any substantial research which shows that there is a health difference in high cholesterol and low density cholesterol (LDL).

    • Harold M. Bates

      It is widely believed today that LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, has to be converted to oxidized LDL in the artery wall in order for LDL to be directly involved in the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease process and cause heart attacks and strokes. It is now clear that oxidized LDL is the atherogenic form of LDL. The key to a healthy life style and longevity is to inhibit the conversion of LDL to oxidized LDL in the artery wall. There are antioxidant substances in colored fruits and vegetables, called flavonoids, which inhibit the conversion of LDL to oxidized LDL, resulting in low blood levels of oxidized LDL. The flavonoids in strawberries inhibit the conversion of LDL to oxidized LDL and lower the blood levels of oxidized LDL. I have known this for the past two decades and my diet contains abundant amounts of colored fruits and vegetables, and my oxidized LDL level is consistently very low. My advice to people is to eat more colored fruits and vegetables. Frozen unsweetened strawberries and other colored fruits and vegetables are widely available in the frozen section of super markets and should be consumed.

  • Marauder42

    Cholesterol can be reduced to safe levels in five days; I’ve done it several times with what I call a “five-day raw apple juice fast.” Use the green “Granny Smith” apples and get a juicer (the bottled/canned juice is pasteurized and has additives – won’t work). Take all the raw apple juice and water you want for the five day period but nothing else. The first time I did it, I reduced my cholesterol from 265 to 163, and at the time my doctor said that they were looking to keep it to 100 or below. So I did it again and brough it down to 110, and never even filled the cholesterol-lowering drug prescriptions they gave me. A side benfit is of course weight loss, but you must have self discipline, during and after.

  • http://fruitandvegetablejuicers.com/ Marauder42

    Cholesterol can be reduced to safe levels in five days; I’ve done it several times with what I call a “five-day raw apple juice fast.” Use the green “Granny Smith” apples and get a juicer (the bottled/canned juice is pasteurized and has additives – won’t work). Take all the raw apple juice and water you want for the five day period but nothing else. The first time I did it, I reduced my cholesterol from 265 to 163, and at the time my doctor said that they were looking to keep it to 100 or below. So I did it again and brough it down to 110, and never even filled the cholesterol-lowering drug prescriptions they gave me. A side benfit is of course weight loss, but you must have self discipline, during and after.
    P.S.: Wanted to mention great post!

  • Marion Berner

    Cholesterol is a very familiar medical term almost to anyone, particularly the middle age group. It is a common thing the word will never be a part of teen-age lingo. The main reason is, most of the dreaded ailments accompanying “high cholesterol” levels are associated with hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and other long term and acquired conditions, which does not could also happen to younger generation as juvenile complications. To make it clear, when the majority is talking about lowering cholesterol, it is all about alleviating the further progress of bad cholesterol.There are two kinds of cholesterol accumulating or present in the human body. ”

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