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New report on strawberries finds health benefits similar to blueberries and red wine

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - Strawberries are similar to blueberries and red wine in having multiple health benefits, thanks to a compound called fisetin, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies reported Tuesday.

Fisetin helps combat juvenile diabetes and protects neurons in the brain, according to a study appearing in the journal, PLoS ONE.

Strawberries are the best source of fisetin, which appear to a lesser extent in other fruits and vegetables, according to David Schubert, head of the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute and one of the manuscript's co-authors.

The researchers gave Akita mice, which are afflicted with unusually high blood sugar, a fisetin-high enriched diet, and the medical effects of diabetes were eased, according to the study, which also concluded that the neuron protective property of fisetin could help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

It would take 37 strawberries daily to equal the dosage given to the lab mice, so researchers envision fisetin not as a dietary change, but as a supplement that would be taken in pill form.

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