An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but a recent study concludes that strawberries may keep up to three doctors away.
The study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla suggests that eating a heaping bowl of the flavonoid-packed fruits every day can keep diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease at bay.
Researchers David Schubert and Pam Maher gave mice with high blood sugar a fisetin enriched diet, which Maher identified as a neuroprotective flavonoid ten years ago.
Maher found that "the mice remained diabetic, but their enlarged kidneys shrank to normal. Their high urine protein levels, which is a sign of kidney disease, fell to normal levels as well."
According to the study, the neuron protective property of fisetin could help also prevent Alzheimer's disease.
However, it would take 37 strawberries daily to equal the dosage given to the lab mice.
"The compound is not present in most vitmains, so right now, strawberries are the best way to get it," explains Maher.
Maher envisions that someday, fisetin-like drugs could be taken as a supplement rather than as part of a diet
"We're hoping for funding to take our studies further" says Maher.