Researchers found that strawberries could help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon, according to a study published on August 20, 2018.
In this study, researchers report that a simple dietary intervention can help in mitigating colonic inflammation and improving gut health. The dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with a lowered risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To decrease colonic inflammation in both IBD patients and the general population, researchers studied about strawberries, as it is widely consumed. According to Yanhui Han, a Ph.D. student who conducted the study, most of the previous reports were focused on the effects of purified compounds and extracts from strawberries.
Researchers conducted study on four groups of mice, a group of healthy mice consuming a regular diet and three groups of mice with IBD consuming a regular diet. It was found that dietary consumption of whole strawberries at a dose equivalent to as low as three-quarters of a cup of strawberries per day in humans significantly suppressed symptoms like body weight loss and bloody diarrhea in mice with IBD. Strawberry treatments also diminished inflammatory responses in the mice’s colonic tissue.
The research team obtained experimental data that indicated strawberries might impact abnormal metabolic pathways in the IBD mice, which in turn could lead to the decreased colonic inflammation they observed. Furthermore, the research team will conduct study on IBD patients. While eating three-quarters of a cup of strawberries a day could be beneficial for those looking to enhance their gut health, researchers advise patients to consult with their doctors before changing their diets.