A new study published in the Journal of the American Nutrition Association reports that 40 adults who ate the equivalent of a cup of strawberries a day lowered their total cholesterol by almost 3% and LDL cholesterol by almost 5%,
The study strengthens the body of research that has already demonstrated a cholesterol-lowering benefit for strawberry consumption, asserts the California Strawberry Commission, which provided support.
The subjects were aged 35 to 60, overweight and had elevated serum cholesterol but no additional illness or chronic disease, according to a release. They consumed strawberry powder over three periods of four weeks each, separated by a two-week washout period.
Clinical trials have previously linked strawberries, a source of many bioactive compounds, including fiber, phytosterols, and polyphenols, to several markers for cardiovascular disease.
Pennsylvania State University led this study in cooperation with the University of Arizona, Lafayette College, and Texas Tech University. The study was supported by the California Strawberry Commission, which also provided the strawberry powder.
For more information on strawberry research, you can view the California Strawberry Commission’s Health Research Round-up at the Nutrition Portal at www.calstrawberry.com.