Stay Healthy and Young With Strawberries
Behind its red color and beautiful shape and also its sweet and sour fresh taste, strawberries has benefits that can prevent aging and cancer. A study showed that consumption of strawberries helps increase levels of antioxidants in the blood.
According to the Daily Mail, the high levels of antioxidants in strawberries has been found to be useful to combat the effects of oxidative stress, reducing the effects of aging and even the possibility of contracting diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Spanish and Italianresearchers in their study, involved 12 volunteers in good health. They were asked to consume half kilograms of strawberries for two weeks.
After four, eight, 12 and 16 days, and the next following month, the volunteers’ blood samples were taken for examination. Having studied and the results published in the Chemistry journal, scientists concluded that eating strawberries regularly can increase antioxidant levels in the blood and also helps prevent red blood cells have hemolysis or red blood cell breakdown process.
Scientists from the University of Marche in Italy and the University of Granada in Spain said, strawberries strength lies in the high content of phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties.
According to the researchers, the high content of phenolic compounds is able to alleviate oxidative stress that may occur with increasing age, while exercising or even after childbirth.
Study author Dr. Maurizio Battino, from the Polytechnic University of Marche said: “We have shown that some varieties of strawberries make erythrocytes more resistant to oxidative stress.
“It could be very important when you consider that this phenomenon can cause serious illness. But most important is that the strawberries should be part of a healthy and balanced diet, as one of five servings of fruits and vegetables which must be consumed every day.
They also plan to investigate whether similar benefits can be gained after eating more strawberries, such as 150g or 200g, and also want to look at the varieties of strawberries that contain the highest antioxidant.
Dr. Jose Luis Quiles, from the University of Granada added: “Different varieties of strawberries are also being analyzed in the laboratory, because they each contain antioxidants in different amounts and proportions. Because the body has a mechanism to process a very wide range of antioxidants, which work at a different level in each individual.
“It can be a tool that repair oxidized genetic material, or both molecules produced by the body itself or consumed through the diet, which neutralize free radicals,” the researchers said.
Strawberries contain large amounts of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties.