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Strawberry (Fragaria spp.)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Allstar, Annapolis, Earliglow, Evangeline, Fragaria chiloensis ssp. Chiloensis, Fragaria x ananassa Duch., Fragaria x ananassa Duchesne, garden strawberry, Jewel, KYSt-4 (Nohime), KYSt-11 (Kurume IH-1), KYSt-17 (Kurume 58), Mesabi, Rosaceae (family), Sable, Sparkle, woodland strawberry.
  • Combination product examples: OptiBerry IH141 (wild blueberry extract, bilberry extract, cranberry extract, elderberry extract, raspberry seed extract, and strawberry extract).

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Strawberry (Fragaria spp.) is predominantly known for its bright red, edible fruit covered in small seeds. The fruit is fragrant, and high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and antioxidants. Retrospective, epidemiological studies indicate that strawberry ingestion may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. More research is needed in these areas before supplemental amounts may be recommended. Preliminary research also indicates that strawberry may be useful as an anti-inflammatory (1) and iron absorption enhancement (2). Further research is needed to confirm these results.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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References

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