Ilove strawberries! Their taste, their texture, their color. Everything about a strawberry draws me in, but I bet you didn’t know these cool facts about this incredible berry.
Recent research has shown that strawberries are not only full of antioxidant but also have anti platelet aka anti-clotting properties. What does this mean? Platelets are components of your blood that clump together and cause clots. These can then travel throughout your body until they get stuck, like in your legs, your brain, your heart, your lungs. Those are thrombotic events and in medicine they’re called strokes, pulmonary emboli, and heart attacks. Many medications on the market today prevent platelets from forming these clots to lower the risk of thrombotic events.
A diet that can lower the risk of these events even more would benefit everyone who is on these medications and have other diseases that increase their risk of having them.
There might also be some anti-gout affects. Uremic acid is the culprit here, and it can deposit in your joints causing gout symptoms: redness, pain, warmth, inflamed, and unbearable should be another one. At the moment research is a bit inconsistent and more info is needed, but in the off chance that strawberries COULD lower levels of uremic acid in your blood… I’d say:
CHILL AND EAT STRAWBERRIES
LIPID LOWERING, LOWER CHOLESTEROL
Before I get into this I want to give you some word definitions to better explain what things are, I know I had some trouble understanding all these terms when I fist started medical school.
- A good way to remember its damage is this:
- When something gets oxidated = it RUSTS & RUST is BAD
- For Spanish speakers – think : Oxidar = RUST = BAD
- Bad cholesterol
- But if you’re a Curios George, its actually Low Density Lipopoprotein
- Good cholesterol
- And if you’re a Curious George, its actually High Density Lipoprotein
Okay, so now we can start:
Strawberries were found to lower oxidative stress (DAMAGE). Now, higher levels of damage to LDL (BAD CHOLESTEROL) is the most dangerous because it’s what starts narrowing your arteries. Its kind of like HARD FAT depositing on the walls of your arteries until the blood that flows through there is so low that whatever organ the blood is traveling to, gets hurt and a part of it can die. This is what happens in a heart attack, the coronary arteries can be so narrow, that an area of the heart dies.
There you have it!
Strawberries are not just delicious and colorfull, they are great for your health!