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Group to spread news on strawberry’s health benefits

Update Date: Mar 24, 2016 12:28 AM EDT

Eating just eight strawberries per day may improve heart health, help manage diabetes, support brain health and reduce the risk of some cancers, according to a research.

It's well-known that this fruit has antioxidant molecules, such as phytonutrients and flavanoids, that help prevent cell damage. It also has significant levels of vitamin C and K as well as being a good source of fiber, folic acid, manganese and potassium, according to BBC

New research indicates that it helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and improve the regulation of blood sugar levels. 

"Latest findings from the research include that three to four servings of strawberries per day improve insulin resistance - a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease," said Carolyn O'Donnell, the commission's communications director.

"Consuming two to three servings per day for 90 days improved memory and cognition in older adults," said Chris Christian, the commission's senior vice president.

However, it's another thing to be able to disseminate such information on the fruit's health benefits.

This is why the California Strawberry Commission will continue to highlight nutrition in its efforts to promote the fruit in its "Whole in One campaign," The Packer reported.

The Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission will build on its social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Google+, said Carolyn O'Donnell, communications director.

The commission also will rely on a number of select blogger ambassadors ," O'Donnell said.

Research on the new health benefits of strawberry were based on those conducted by the University of California-Davis on vascular health; Penn State University on vascular health and cholesterol; Illinois Institute of Technology on insulin resistance and cholesterol; Oklahoma State University on cholesterol and metabolic health; and by the Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging on brain health and from Laval University on bioactivity of strawberry polyphenols.

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