Posted on May 14, 2014, 6 a.m.
Abundant in flavonoids,strawberries may help to lower total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.
A preponderance of previous studies suggests that increased dietary intake of flavonoids – especially from berries – associates with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. A. Basu, from Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma, USA), and colleagues administered a beverage containing freeze-dried strawberry powder (50 grams/day), to 60 subjects (average age 49 years, average BMI 36 kg/m2). After eight weeks of drinking the beverage, the subjects showed an 11% reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad”) cholesterol. Total cholesterol decreased by 28 mg/dL. Further, the strawberries also appeared to decrease levels of malodialdehyde (MDA) – a marker of oxidative stress.
Cholesterol and Lipid Peroxidation in Adults with Abdominal Adiposity and Elevated Serum Lipids.” J Nutr. 2014 Mar 26.