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Sure they make a great snack but they pack an incredible health punch too.
That’s why we’re not shy about telling you what strawberries do to your body.
But the list of incredible benefits just keeps growing and growing… That’s because strawberries contain a little-known antioxidant, called fisetin.
Fisetin is a flavonoid that gives that lovely color to the strawberries you eat. It’s also anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and even stabilizes your blood sugar.
So enjoy the taste and reap the benefits…
10 reasons you should eat strawberries today
#1 – Help Age-Proof Your Brain
Fisetin helps protect your brain against age-related changes in a number of ways. First, it prevents the oxidative stress that can damage your nerve cells, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s and more.
The flavonol also facilitates the breakdown of phosphorylated tau and prevents changes in neural functions caused by amyloid-beta deposits in the brain to fight Alzheimer’s.
#2 – Help Prevent Memory Loss
In studies, fisetin reduced memory loss related to Alzheimer’s in mice genetically modified to develop the disease and Fisetin supplementation increased the strength of long-term memory pathways.
#3 – Help Protect Your Brain from Injury
Strokes or other injuries to your brain, such as from seizures, can leave lasting damage. Fisetin has been shown to mitigate the damage these leave, helping you to lead a full life even after.
#4 – Help Promote Healthy pH balance
It may be surprising, but the strawberry is an alkaline-forming fruit. A food’s pH has little to do with how it contributes to pH levels in the body after you eat it. Like lemons, the end-products strawberries produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline. An alkaline body is a body that promotes a healthy environment that pathogens and disease-causing inflammation find difficult to disrupt. More good news: most berries are alkaline-forming foods!
#5 – Help Promote Normal Blood Sugar Levels
The fisetin found in strawberries can also help you prevent or better manage your blood sugar problems. It’s been shown to help maintain stable blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity and preventing kidney problems that can go along with diabetes.
And, it even reduced the incidence of cataracts in mice who suffered from diabetes.
#6 – Help Fight Depression
Fisetin increases levels of serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain by inhibiting the MAO pathway. This is the same pathway many anti-depressants focus on so fisetin could help you overcome your depression without the side effects, like headache, insomnia, dizziness and constipation.
#7 – Help Promote Normal Circulation
The flavonol promotes relaxed blood vessels and lower blood pressure and may encourage smooth blood flow.
#8 – Help Control Weight Gain
Eating strawberries may even help you manage your weight since studies have shown fisetin prevents the signals that cause pre-adipocytes to differentiate into mature fat cells.
#9 – Help Reduce Pain
#10 – Help Battle Osteoporosis
The dangers of age-related osteoporosis could be a thing of the past with fisetin as well. In one study, mice with low levels of estrogen that were given fisetin experienced less bone density loss than mice who didn’t receive the flavonol supplements.
Getting healthier has never been so sweet. Just remember go organic or grow your own as far as strawberries are concerned or you’ll negate all these benefits and open a new can of health problems!
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- Modulation of multiple pathways involved in the maintenance of neuronal function during aging by fisetin — Genes & Nutrition
- Fisetin stimulates autophagic degradation of phosphorylated tau via the activation of TFEB and Nrf2 transcription factors — Scientific Reports
- Neuroprotective Effect of Fisetin Against Amyloid-Beta-Induced Cognitive/Synaptic Dysfunction, Neuroinflammation, and Neurodegeneration in Adult Mice — Molecular Neurobiology
- Natural plant compound may reduce mental effects of aging, more evidence shows — Salk Institute
- Flavonoid fisetin promotes ERK-dependent long-term potentiation and enhances memory — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
- Cognitive-enhancing effects of Rhus verniciflua bark extract and its active flavonoids with neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities — Food and Chemical Toxicology
- Dose Dependence of IAA Toxicity — Brain Research
- The flavonoid fisetin attenuates postischemic immune cell infiltration, activation and infarct size after transient cerebral middle artery occlusion in mice — Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism
- Fisetin, a natural flavonoid, targets chemoresistant human pancreatic cancer AsPC-1 cells through DR3 mediated inhibition of NF-κB — International Journal of Cancer
- Dietary flavonoid fisetin targets caspase-3-deficient human breast cancer MCF-7 cells by induction of caspase-7-associated apoptosis and inhibition of autophagy — International Journal of Oncology
- Dietary flavonoid fisetin: a novel dual inhibitor of PI3K/Akt and mTOR for prostate cancer management — Biochemical Pharmacology
- Modulatory effects of fisetin, a bioflavonoid, on hyperglycemia by attenuating the key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism in hepatic and renal tissues in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats — European Journal of Pharmacology
- Fisetin improves glucose homeostasis through the inhibition of gluconeogenic enzymes in hepatic tissues of streptozotocin induced diabetic rats — European Journal of Pharmacology
- Effects of two antioxidants; α-lipoic acid and fisetin against diabetic cataract in mice — International Ophthalmology
- The antidepressant-like effect of fisetin involves the serotonergic and noradrenergic system — Behavioural Brain Research
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) — Mayo Clinic
- Fisetin-Rich Extracts of Rhus verniciflua Stokes Improve Blood Flow Rates in Mice Fed Both Normal and High-Fat Diets — Journal of Medicinal Food
- Endothelium-Independent Effect of Fisetin on the Agonist-Induced Regulation of Vascular Contractility — Biomolecules & Therapeutics
- Fisetin regulates obesity by targeting mTORC1 signaling — The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
- Fisetin exerts antihyperalgesic effect in a mouse model of neuropathic pain: engagement of spinal serotonergic system — Scientific Reports
- Antinociceptive effects of fisetin against diabetic neuropathic pain in mice: Engagement of antioxidant mechanisms and spinal GABAA receptors — Pharmacological Research
- The Polyphenol Fisetin Protects Bone by Repressing NF-κB and MKP-1-Dependent Signaling Pathways in Osteoclasts — PLoS One