A new study suggests that eating strawberries can benefit heart health, even if just a cup a day is consumed.
The research found that strawberries could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by improving heart health.
The study’s author, Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, emphasized the importance of increasing total fruit consumption and fruit diversity in diets, as a low fruit intake is among the top three risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
The research shows that strawberries can improve cardiometabolic health by reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, improving vascular relaxation and tone, lowering blood sugar, decreasing insulin resistance, and reducing inflammation.
According to Dr. Arpita Basu, associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a study of 33 obese adults found that two and a half cups of strawberries per day significantly improved insulin resistance.
This evidence supports the role of strawberries in a ‘food as medicine’ approach to prevent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults.
In addition, other studies have shown that strawberries can help protect against certain cancers and offer benefits for people with high blood pressure.