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

June 11, 2024

Red, ripe strawberries…yum! It is that time of year - somewhere around the globe – 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 Georgetown chiropractic nutrition tip of the month! Our Georgetown chiropractic patients at Dr. Butwell can enjoy positive effects from strawberries in at least one of these ways!


A newer study found and reported that when obese adults with elevated serum LDL cholesterol levels ate just two and a half servings of strawberries a day for a month, it significantly improved lipid particle profiles, insulin resistance, and serum plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) which is an inflammatory marker often found in artherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s/dementia. The participants ate what they usually ate and did everything 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 consumption was reported to possibly improve vascular health separate from other metabolic changes most likely via microbial-derived phenolic metabolites after enjoying strawberries that influences endothelial - the cell lining of blood and lymphatic vessels - function. This is a positive for anyone with moderate hypercholesterolemia! (2) A delicious way to keep the blood flowing!


Let’s keep the mind and memory 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 known to be a risk factor for late life dementia which progresses in midlife. Researchers highlighted how consuming berry fruits like strawberries has previously been shown to affect metabolism and cognition implying a potential to decrease the risk of dementia. In a recent study, researchers found that strawberry supplementation started in midlife may well lower the risk of dementia. (3) Strawberries and their bright red color are a bright way to keep your memory going.


And for those in mid-life and older who may enjoy a glass of wine, berry fruit wines (and even spirits) are growing in popularity and in recognition for their healthy attributes! 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 have lots of vitamin C, folates, and minerals making them very popular and highly demanded 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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Make your Georgetown chiropractic appointment today this strawberry season to maximize the health benefits of both chiropractic and strawberries! 

Georgetown chiropractic nutrition tip of the month: enjoy strawberries!