By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
If you’re looking for a natural way to lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, consider adding strawberries to your daily diet. In new research scientists have discovered how strawberries work to promote cardiovascular health and prevent diabetes through an important protein pathway.
Strawberry extract stimulates protective proteins
For the first time, Professor Paul Thornalley from Warwick Medical School and his team have shown that strawberry extract activates a protein in the body called ‘Nrf2’. The protein promotes heart health because when it’s activated it helps keep cholesterol lower.
Strawberries can help counteract blood sugar spikes that occur after eating a meal. A past study also found fisetin – a flavonoid found in strawberries – might help prevent type 1 and type 2 diabetes complications of kidney and brain disease that can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Thornalley said in a press release, “We’ve discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our in-built defenses to keep cells, organs and blood vessels healthy and which can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and diabetes.”
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