Senior citizens interested in lowering their level of bad cholesterol may be in for a sweet surprise.
Dr. David J.A. Jenkins has conducted a study that backs existing evidence about strawberries having significant antioxidant power and being able to improve the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering diets.
"As more Americans embrace healthy eating trends to promote their own health and guard against illness, these types of findings are important," Jenkins said.
"Diet plays a crucial role in lowering cholesterol and including antioxidant-rich strawberries in a healthy diet is a behavior change that's simple and delicious to make."
The two-and-a-half-year study focused on 28 men and women with high cholesterol who were previously on cholesterol-lowering diet that included soy and plant sterols. In a month, half of the group was instructed to eat three cups of strawberries per day while the other consumed extra oat bran bread in their diet.
The strawberry group experienced a reduction in oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol and reportedly improved the taste of the cholesterol-lowering diet.
This often-described super food can assist the body combat harmful free radicals which are known to contribute to such conditions as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.