Health bites

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2014, 10:20am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2014, 10:20am

Old but gold

If you have old garlic cloves lying around that have sprouted bright green shoots, don't throw them out. This type of garlic has even more heart-healthy antioxidants than its fresher counterparts, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Garlic sprouted for five days was found to have different metabolites, suggesting that it also makes different substances than younger bulbs. Extracts from sprouted garlic also protected cells in a lab dish from certain types of damage.

Strawberries lower cholesterol

New research by Italian and Spanish scientists has found that strawberries can help reduce cholesterol. In the study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 23 healthy volunteers added 500 grams of strawberries a day to their diet for a month. Blood tests showed that "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides fell at the end of the month. Other parameters, such as the general plasma lipid profile, anti-oxidant biomarkers (such as vitamin C or oxygen radical absorbance capacity), antihemolytic defences and platelet function, also improved. However, all parameters returned to their initial values 15 days after stopping the diet addition.