The benefits of strawberries for the body have long been known. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have discovered the process in which the fruit acts and protects the body against heart diseases and diabetes.
The team of researchers, headed by Professor Paul Thoranalley, discovered an element in strawberries which activates Nrf2, a protein in human body responsible for enhancing antioxidant properties in the body.
Nrf2 reduces the level of cholesterol and blood lipids, thereby providing a protective shield against heart diseases and diabetes. Scientists have previously found strawberries to be very effective in reducing glucose levels in the blood after meals. The benefits of strawberries against bad cholesterol have also been recorded.
However, the present study is novel because it identifies the precise manner in which strawberries lend all these benefits. According the lead researcher, Thornalley, the study is significant since it identifies the pathology behind the effectiveness of strawberry extracts.
The manner in which the fruit lends protection to the body by activating the protein and keeping the organs, cells and blood vessels in good shape, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes was not discovered before.
The study will be presented during the 16th biennial SFRRI (society for free radical research international) conference at Imperial College of London. The research has to be taken forward based on the math modeling and screening techniques developed at the University.
More research is needed to assess the most effective variety of strawberry, the best way of serving or processing the fruit and the quantity to be eaten so as to gain maximum benefits.
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