By Elizabeth Barker
Scientists from the University of Warwick have shed new light on strawberries’ disease-fighting power. In laboratory research, the scientists discovered that strawberry extracts can turn on a substance called Nrf2—a protein in your body that boosts antioxidant activity and helps rev up your defense against everyday damage to your cells, organs and blood vessels. Since Nrf2 is also known to drive down levels of cholesterol and harmful blood fats, the study’s authors suggest that strawberries may help protect against the development of major health problems, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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