Fall in Love with California Strawberries
Fall in love with California Strawberries for National Heart Month! Studies show that strawberries contribute to a heart-smart diet.
According to CaliforniaStrawberries.com, "Strawberries are a perfect match for heart health because they not only contain those essential elements but they are also naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol-free with one serving (about 8 strawberries or 1 cup) containing a mere 50 calories. Strawberries also help control three of the risk factors associated with heart disease: high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high homocysteine levels."
1. Strawberries help to lower LDL/"bad" cholesterol
Antioxidants and soluble fibers found in strawberries can help to lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.
2. Strawberries help to lower blood pressure
Potassium helps to counter the negative effects of sodium and blood pressure. One serving of strawberries contains approximately 170mg of potassium!
3. Strawberries contain potassium, folate and flavonoids, which can help to lower homocysteine levels
Folate helps to maintain normal blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. Too much of this amino acid is related to a higher risk of heart disease. Flavonoids, which are responsible for the color and flavor of strawberries, can help to lower the risk of heart disease and/or a heart attack. The fiber and potassium in strawberries also support heart health.
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