Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strawberries May Boost Red Blood Cells: Study

There's something rejuvenating about a juicy, sweet, refreshingly cool strawberry in the dog days of summer. The bright, blood-red colour is unmistakable, especially on a perfectly ripened berry. Strangely enough, it turns out that strawberries have more in common with blood than just their colour. According to new research, a daily intake of strawberries can strengthen your red blood cells.

According to new research out of Italy and Spain, consuming 500g (just over a pound) of strawberries every day for just two weeks can make red blood cells more resistant to damage and breakage. The antioxidants in strawberries also improve the antioxidant capacity of the blood's plasma.

The particular type of strawberries used in this study were Sveva strawberries, leading the researchers to conclude that some varieties of strawberries can strengthen red blood cells. They can't be sure that every kind of strawberry will do the same, but there's no harm in enjoying strawberries daily, especially when they're in season.

Not only are strawberries low in calories, they are high in fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. They are also low on the glycemic index, meaning they won't spike your blood sugar or insulin levels and are a super addition to the diets of people living with diabetes.

Regardless of their health benefits, there is something undeniably irresistible about these sweet red jewels that makes them fly off the shelves year round. So what are you waiting for - isn't it about time for a snack?

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