Scientists out of Boston, Massachusetts, have uncovered one more piece of the puzzle that is gut health, My Body + Soul reports. Due to the growing prevalence of gut health–related diseases in the U.S., like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis, Hang Xiao, PhD, and his team of researchers sought to identify which specific fruits and vegetables could mitigate the symptoms of IBS and improve gut health overall.
They found that eating three-quarters of a cup of whole strawberries a day can actually ease IBD and foster the growth of good bacteria in your gut. The researchers experimented on mice—a group of healthy mice consumed a regular diet, while three groups of mice with IBD consumed either a regular diet, a diet with 2.5% whole strawberry powder, or a diet with 5% whole strawberry powder.
In the end, "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," reads the study. What's more, "Following the dietary treatments of whole strawberries, the researchers observed a reversal of that unhealthy microbiota composition in the IBS mice."
While strawberries alone cannot ensure perfect gut health or cure the symptoms of a condition like IBD, they certainly can't hurt. If you're trying to foster the growth of good bacteria in your microbiome—which has been connected to a host of health benefits like better digestion, a stronger immune system, and improved brain health—consider adding strawberries to your diet. Pick up a pound of fresh strawberries from Amazon Fresh below.
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