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08-20-2018, 12:49 PM   #1
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Adding Stawberries to Diet Found to Decrease Gut Inflammation

Using a mouse model for IBD:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/str...n-in-the-colon

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"The researchers 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.

But decreased inflammation wasn’t the strawberry’s only conferred benefit during this study. Colonic inflammation adversely impacts the composition of microbiota in the gut. With IBD, the abundance of harmful bacteria increases, while levels of beneficial bacteria decrease in the colon. Following the dietary treatments of whole strawberries, the researchers observed a reversal of that unhealthy microbiota composition in the IBD mice. Xiao’s team also 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."
08-20-2018, 08:13 PM   #2
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Strawberries also can capture around 95% of dietary mercury.

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08-20-2018, 08:43 PM   #3
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What is this in grams?
09-09-2018, 05:03 PM   #4
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THanks. I'll make an effort to eat more strawberries. What's interesting is that they are easily found, even organic, all year long frozen at the grocery store.
BTW, conventional agriculture strawberry is one of the fruits that would contain some of the highest amount of pesticides residues inside. I learned as well that strawberries grow very close to the ground as opposed to other berries and because of that they would need more pesticides.
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but that benefit can only be from organic strawberries.
Actually strawberries are at the top of the EWG's Dirty Dozen list for 2019
04-17-2019, 12:25 PM   #6
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Add them slowly...for some, like myself, too many may cause diarrhea.
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04-19-2019, 10:25 AM   #7
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I love strawberrys but am having trouble with anything with seeds, so I avoid them. Perhaps strawberry jelly would be a substitute, or would the processing reduce its effectiveness?
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good question... also what's good for IBD in mouses is good for IBD in humans?..
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good question... also what's good for IBD in mouses is good for IBD in humans?..
Well, that' the question for any animal model of any human disease. How closely does the animal model match the human disease, and how similarly do they respond to specific treatments and preventions? Sometimes the animal models are pretty good and sometimes not so much. I can't count the number of times cancer has been cured in mice, but only a small fraction of those cures ever panned out in humans.

The way animal models are best used is not to conclude anything about human disease but to point the way for research in humans. If something works well in an animal model it may well be worth trying to see if it can help humans as well.

A good example of both the strength and weakness of animal models is the whole MAP story. Johne's Disease which is caused in cattle by Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) is an attractive animal model for human Crohn's. And this is why it has generated a lot of interest and research. A fervent minority of doctors and some of their patients are absolutely convinced that Crohn's is basically the same as Johne's disease and is caused by the same MAP organism and can thus be cured by killing off that organism. But years of human research have produced spotty results at best. While it's apparent that MAP may play a role in some cases of human Crohn's, it also clear that it isn't the whole story, and in some cases MAP is apparently not involved at all. Thus, like most other animal models, Johne's disease is an imperfect model of human disease.

So getting back to strawberries, what this research means is that it might be worth trying a human study to see if adding some measured quantities of strawberries or not to the diets of a chosen group of Crohn's patients who can tolerate them can provide any benefit. And since strawberries are normally a safe and nutritious food that most people enjoy, there is probably very little risk in Crohn's patients trying a little uncontrolled experiment on their own if they are so inclined.
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