Strawberries for Good Cholesterol

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers in Italy say that strawberries are “berry” good for you, helping to lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

    Researchers from a University in Italy found that strawberries help reduce cholesterol.  A group of volunteers ate strawberries over the course of a month.  Blood samples showed that the total amount of cholesterol, LDLs or bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels fell to 8.78%, 13.72% and 20.8% respectively.  Good cholesterol remained unchanged.  Eating strawberries also improved the general plasma lipid profile, antioxidant biomarkers and platelet function.  But you better keep eating nature’s delicious delicacy because 15 days after participants abandoned the strawberry treatment, all parameters returned to their initial values.  There’s not solid evidence but researchers think the benefit results from the vegetable pigments that give them their red color.