Easley Chiropractic Nutrition Idea: Strawberry Time! Good for Mind, Heart, Blood Sugar

June 11, 2024

Red, sweet strawberries…yum! It is that time of year - somewhere in the world – for fresh strawberries’ tastiness and nutritiousness to brighten up your plate and your mind, heart, and insulin resistance. Strawberries are the focus of this month's Easley chiropractic nutrition tip of the month! Our Easley chiropractic patients at Young Chiropractic can enjoy positive effects from strawberries in at least one of these areas!


A newer study found and reported that when obese adults with higher serum LDL cholesterol levels ate just two and a half servings of strawberries a day for 30 days, it significantly made better their lipid particle profiles, insulin resistance, and serum plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) which is an inflammatory marker often seen in artherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s/dementia. The participants consumed what they usually ate and did what they typically did in this study except only eat strawberries and not other berries. (1) That makes it simple! Just include strawberries into your daily diet.


Strawberry eating was reported to potentially improve vascular health outside of other metabolic changes most likely via microbial-derived phenolic metabolites after enjoying strawberries that impacts endothelial - the cell lining of blood and lymphatic vessels - function. This is a positive for anyone with moderate hypercholesterolemia! (2) A tasty way to keep the blood flowing!


Let us keep the memories flowing, too. Late-life dementia may be enhanced with strawberry consumption. Researchers noted that neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s develop over many years starting in midlife. Further, insulin resistance is noted as a risk factor for late life dementia which progresses in midlife. Researchers highlighted how consuming berry fruits like strawberries has previously been demonstrated to affect metabolism and cognition which implies a potential to decrease the risk of dementia. In a recent study, researchers documented that strawberry supplementation started in midlife may well reduce the risk of dementia. (3) Strawberries and their bright red color are a happy way to keep your mind going.


And for those in mid-life and older who may enjoy a glass of wine, berry fruit wines (and even spirits) are increasing in popularity and in reputation for their health benefit! Wines made of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries have low alcohol content, high acidity, and beneficial bioactive molecules like phenolic compounds, polysaccharides, melatonin, and carotenoids. Such berries are high in vitamin C, folates, and minerals making them quite popular and more in demand with over 11,000 kilotons of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in 2021. That is a lot of berries! (4) It’s nice to have a choice in how to consume strawberries this season!

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Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment today this strawberry season to optimize the health benefits of both chiropractic and strawberries! 

Easley chiropractic nutrition tip of the month: enjoy strawberries!