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Can you significantly lower your heart disease risk by simply eating a clean food?
Scientists in Italy tested that premise by feeding 23 healthy volunteers 500 grams of strawberries (approximately 3 cups sliced) a day for 30 days. The results were impressive. The strawberries reduced markers of oxidative stress, and significantly improved platelet function, which prevents blood cells from becoming “sticky”. In addition, the strawberries resulted in lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, which are both risk markers of heart disease.
Researchers suggest that the lowering of oxidative stress may partly explain why diets rich in vegetables and fruits such as strawberries may help prevent cardiovascular disease and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays a huge part.