A berry good way to control cholesterol

If you want proof of God, look no further than the humble strawberry.

Plucked right out of the garden, it's pretty much perfect -- far tastier than anything the junk industry's mad scientists can cook up. And while junk foods are loaded with life-ruining chemicals, strawberries are overflowing with life-giving, disease-fighting antioxidants.

It's a sure sign that the man upstairs not only wants us to be healthy, but to enjoy every minute of it.

Now, new research confirms just one of the many ways strawberries can improve your health: eat them regularly, and you could see your levels of LDL cholesterol (bad)l fall by as much as 13 percent and your triglycerides plunge by a whopping 20 percent in just one month.

If a new pharmaceutical could cut triglycerides by 20 percent, you can bet it would be marketed as the next great "wonder drug" no matter what kind of awful side effects it came with.

Strawberries, on the other hand, can do it naturally and with no side effects at all other than maybe a fight for the last one in the bowl.

The one downside to the study is that the patients who took part ate a lot of strawberries. They were given more than a pound a day, and that's a habit that could get expensive fast, especially if you prefer organic strawberries.

But you don't have to buy a berry farm or eat the things until you turn red to get the benefits of strawberries, because other studies have found that strawberries can help in much more reasonable amounts.

More importantly, these other studies show that strawberries don't simply reduce LDL cholesterol (which, despite what you've heard, is actually essential in certain amounts) -- they can actually cut the most damaging form of cholesterol, oxidized LDL.

One study found that a daily dose of strawberries can cut spikes in oxidized LDL cholesterol by 115 percent, and all you need is two-thirds of a cup a day.

Strawberries of course are just one example of a basic food plucked right from nature that can help control cholesterol. Apples, too, can also do the trick -- and you can get the details on that in this free report from my House Calls archives.

Forget the statins. Make some fruit salad instead.