Strawberries: what a passion and what ... health!

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Strawberries are good and rich in vitamins, but also very, very healthy, as astringent, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-malarial and anti-tumor, thanks to the presence of a tannin, a precious natural and healthy component, also used in traditional Asian medicine.

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Le strawberries they are good and rich in vitamins, but also very, very healthy, as astringents, antiemorragiche, antimalarials e anticancer, thanks to the presence of a tannin, a precious natural and healthy component, also used in traditional Asian medicine.





To reveal the presence and beneficial effect of this active ingredient in strawberries is one study conducted by the Edmund Mach Foundation, a Trentino research center specializing in agriculture, also published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry".

The research, which analyzed in detail the individual components of the precious red fruit, led to the discovery of large quantities of agrimoniin, a natural tannin belonging to the family of ellagitannini, used for some time and widely in traditional Asian medicine and studied for its properties astringent, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-malarial and even anti-tumor.

According to the study, which also involved an expert fromUniversity of Trento and one of the University of Padua, agrimoniin is the most important ellagitannin of strawberry and wild strawberry: there are 200 milligrams per kilogram of fruit.

Isolated and known since 1982, this active ingredient has been ignored and neglected for years, but today something has changed and these studies recently conducted on the strawberry once again prove it. close link between nutrition, health and disease prevention.

And soon we may know even more, because scholars - in collaboration with the University of Milan - are analyzing the presence of these active ingredients in the main varieties of cultivated strawberries, the variation of the concentration in the ripe fruit and above all its antimalarial action, which could open new treatment and prevention scenarios.



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