Entries in Strawberries (2)


'Berry' Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Doctors have long advised patients to add helpings of berries to their diets for the antioxidants. Now researchers say berries can be good for the heart.

A new study has found that women who eat at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 32 percent. The berries contain plenty of compounds called anthocyanins, which researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say may dilate arteries and cut plaque build-up.

The researchers looked at almost 94,000 American women ages 25 to 42. They found that 405 heart attacks had been reported by the participants, who answered questions about their diets every four years for 18 years.

The findings were published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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Study: Can Strawberries Be Used to Treat Esophageal Cancer?

BananaStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- A new study suggests that strawberries could be an acceptable treatment for esophageal cancer.

The esophagus carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach.  Cancer of the esophagus is one of the more common gastrointestinal cancers.

Research presented to the American Association of Cancer Research says freeze-dried strawberries may be an alternative to drugs for prevention of esophageal cancer.

Participants with pre-cancerous lesions of the esophagus consumed 60 grams of freeze-dried strawberries every day for six months.

The freeze-drying was crucial because removing water concentrates the fruit's cancer-preventative properties almost ten-fold.

Results showed 29 our of 36 participants had a decrease in the severity of pre-cancerous lesions.

The study authors concluded that frozen strawberries may slow down the progression of cancer of the esophagus.

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