Heart disease is the most common cause of death across the world, and studies have found a correlation between the regular consumption of strawberries and a lower risk of heart-related deaths and improved heart health.

Heart disease can affect people from all ages, but adults aged 65 and older are more likely than younger people to suffer from cardiovascular disease.  And it has been found that strawberries might have a preventive effect against heart disease due to the high polyphenol content. Polyphenols are plant compounds that are good for the body. A 2019 report advises that the anthocyanin in strawberries has links to a lowered risk of a type of heart attack known as myocardial infarction. A myocardial infarction) happens when one or more areas of the heart muscle don’t get enough oxygen. This happens when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked.

According to a study in middle-aged people with well-established risk factors for heart disease, strawberries may improve HDL (good) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and boost blood platelet’s function.

Strawberries contain high amounts of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins which lower blood sugar levels and help prevent cancer.

Strawberries may:

  • improve blood antioxidant status
  • decrease oxidative stress (an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body)
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve vascular function
  • improve your blood lipid profile
  • reduce the harmful oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol

The effects of freeze-dried strawberry supplements on type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome have been studied intensely — mainly in overweight or obese individuals and the findings have been very positive.  Freeze-drying does not diminish the nutritional value of the fruit and is a good way to ensure year-round availability

After 4 to 12 weeks of supplementing, participants experienced a significant decrease in several major risk factors, including LDL (bad) cholesterol, inflammatory markers, and oxidized LDL particles.

It is never too late or too early to start including strawberries in your daily dietary intake to ensure your heart stays healthy for optimal vascular function.