Did You Know…
…that a humble berry can help cure gastritis and lower chronic inflammation?
Gastritis is a common and painful digestive problem in which the stomach lining becomes inflamed. It can cause nausea or recurrent stomach upset, abdominal bloating and pain, indigestion, vomiting, loss of appetite, and more. It can also be symptomless.
Untreated gastritis can lead to dangerous blood loss and can also increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.
The good news is that thanks to exciting new research from Europe, we now know that gastritis can be prevented and cured with a simple, delicious remedy: strawberries.
A Study with Sweet Results
The European study showed that eating strawberries reduced the appearance of stomach ulcerations in subjects who had consumed ethanol, a known stomach irritant.
“The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and high content of phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defenses and enzymes of the body,” said lead researcher Sara Tulipani.
The researchers say that the protective effects of strawberries come from substances in the ripe fruit that prevent inflammation at the cellular level. Therefore, say the scientists, strawberries are a key food not only for preventing and treating gastritis, but also for fighting health-harming chronic inflammation anywhere in the body, including the joints.
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health confirms this theory as well. The Harvard study showed that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week (that’s only a couple of strawberries per day!) were less likely to have C-reactive protein (CRP) in the body. CRPs are an important telltale marker of inflammation. That’s a big benefit from a small and delicious daily treat.
Strawberries have also been shown to…
Improve eye health
Suppress cancer cell growth
Regulate blood pressure
Of course, to help avoid health issues related to pesticide consumption, be sure to choose organic, and hopefully local, strawberries!