Biotech Updates

Eat Strawberries to Combat Alcohol's Effects on Stomachs

November 11, 2011

A team of scientists under the EuBerry project of EU's Seventh Framework Program published a report in the journal Plos One that strawberries contain antioxidant properties that could help improve treatments for stomach ulcers. ‘The sustainable improvement of European berry production, quality and nutritional value in a changing environment: Strawberries, Currants, Blackberries, Blue berries and Raspberries' (EuBerry) project brings together researchers all over Europe (Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdo) to provide the necessary knowledge and tools to facilitate development of consumer-desirable fresh berry fruits of high nutritional quality optimal for human health at a competitive cost.

The researchers found that diet rich in strawberries can help prevent gastric diseases linked to the generation of free radicals or other reactive oxygen species (ROS). Sara Tulipani, one of the authors of the study from the University of Barcelona, commented that, "The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and high content of phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defenses and enzymes of the body.' These results find application not only in treating alcoholics but also in treatment of various stomach problems.

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