This is especially the case for people whose condition has been exacerbated by unhealthy lifestyles and diets. IBD is especially common in people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
"The sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits of many people – low-sugar, high-fat, but low-fiber diets – can promote intestinal inflammation and increase the risk of IBD," says professor Hang Xiao of the University of Amherst.
Usually, drugs or strict diets are used to treat long-term conditions that cause intestinal inflammation. New evidence suggests, however, that strawberries can be used to improve and control gut health.
New findings showed that the solution in a shopping hall could be in your area: only 250g of strawberries a day could be enough to limit weight loss or diarrhea in patients with IBD.
Strawberries can also reduce inflammation in the colon tissue, another harmful side effect of IBD.
The team of authors emphasized the importance of eating the whole strawberry instead of just focusing on extracts.
"When you only test the purified compounds and extracts, you miss a lot of other important components in the berries, such as dietary fiber, as well as phenolic compounds bound to the fibers, which can not be extracted with solvents," adds Yanhui Han, a PhD student research is working.
Scientists recruited four groups of mice for their research.
The first group, healthy, consumed an ordinary diet. Meanwhile, the remaining three groups all suffered IBD. They were put on three different diets – an ordinary diet, a diet with 2.5% whole strawberry powder and a diet with 5% whole strawberry powder.
Interestingly, mice with IBD saw their symptoms improve when they consumed the equivalent of about 250 strawberries.
Let's face it, strawberries are pretty damn good. As if you need another reason to dig in?
This article originally appeared on Women & # 39; s Health