Strawberries Reduce Inflammation (And The Only Kind to Pick!)
In another Healing Gourmet article, you learned how how fiber can help slash CRP – a marker of inflammation and a predictor of future heart disease and diabetes. Now new research shows that enjoying juicy, delicious strawberries reduce inflammation too.
How Strawberries Reduce Inflammation
In the Women’s Health Study, researchers examined the relationship between eating strawberries and the risk of cardiovascular disease and CRP.
They found that women who ate two or more servings of strawberries per week had a 14 percent lower risk of elevated CRP (3 mg/L or higher) than women who ate none.
(Looking for another sweet fruit that helps reduce inflammation – try cherries!)
Why You Should Always Choose Organic Strawberries
Because strawberries are one of the crops most contaminated by pesticides, be sure the ones you eat are organic.
Just one cup of fresh or frozen organic strawberries – tossed on a salad, whirled into a smoothie, or enjoyed fresh from the carton – will give you those two inflammation-slashing servings.
Need more help on reducing inflammation with diet? Learn how:
- Low glycemic diet reduces inflammation
- Healthy fats – including monounsaturated fats and omega 3’s – are powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients
- Nuts – especially walnuts – help to slash CRP