A new study found that eating less than a cup of strawberries a day could help reduce the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both types cause inflammation but in different areas. For example, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, while ulcerative colitis can affect the rectum and colon. Symptoms from IBD are stomach pain, diarrhea, weight loss, rectal bleeding, anemia, and ulcers.

When it comes to managing IBD symptoms, a person’s diet can make a huge impact since there are many foods that can either help reduce the symptoms or trigger a flare up. One food that can help the symptoms and reduce gut inflammation are strawberries. Researchers have done a number of investigations on strawberries in order to understand all of their health benefits. Due to strawberries’ anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries can help abdominal obesity, cardiovascular health and gut health.

Researchers did a study on mice with IBD and found that strawberries lowered the levels of harmful gut bacteria and reduced inflammation in the rodents’ colons.

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