Ease Inflammation with Strawberries PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:21
taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchester-monkey/4780318445/sizes/z/in/photostream/ via creative commonsNot only are strawberries juicy and delicious, they also may lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. High CRP levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and levels often spike when people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus have a flare, as well.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the value of strawberries found that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely than non-strawberry eaters to have elevated levels of the protein. These health benefits of strawberries come from fruit that’s either fresh or frozen.

Although the study focused on heart disease, Howard Sesso, the study’s lead author, says that lowering CRP levels with strawberries may be helpful for arthritis, too. So go ahead – slice them on your cereal, add them to yogurt or enjoy them plain as a snack or dessert.

Source: Dunkin, M (2012), "Strawberries Ease Inflammation", Arthritis Today. Original article can be viewed here.

 
More articles :

» Kidneys: One Or Two, Kidneys Work For You!

You might not guess it, but the Kidneys are as vital to human life as is the heart.They filter toxins out of our blood. If these toxins were allowed to accumulate even for a very short time, they would kill us quite quickly. Even the normal minerals...

» The Keys To Healthy Living

The key to eating and living healthy is a balanced, nutritious diet. And to consume a balanced diet, you need to have foods from all the food groups, that is, fruits, vegetables, meats and poultry, whole grains, dairy products and oils/fats.You must...

» Th22 Cells As Milestone Of Immunological Research

The newly discovered Th22 cells are a previously unknown subset of . T helper cells are white blood cells that help activate other immune cells when the body is infected by viruses or bacteria. At the same time they help the body to tolerate own...

» New Target Indentified In The Battle Against Rheumatoid Arthritis Identified

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which a cell signalling pathway contributes to the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The study led by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery, also provides proof that drugs under development...

» How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: Advice from the Experts

About half of all American adults (48%, according to a Marist poll taken in December) say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year's resolution this year. Their top vows: to lose weight (19%), quit smoking (12%) and exercise more (10%)....

» Making A Connection Between Depression and Inflammation

The dramatic rise in depression diagnoses over the last two decades is a great challenge to modern medicine. I believe that part of the "depression epidemic" is false - a creation of aggressive disease-mongering by pharmaceutical companies to...