QUÉBEC, June 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Resulting from multidisciplinary
work done by numerous researchers and a partnership with several
businesses and organizations, the health benefits of the locally grown
Orléans strawberry were scientifically proven by a team led by Dr. Yves
Desjardins of the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
(INAF) and professor at the Centre de recherche en horticulture of
Studies conducted in Dr. André Marette's laboratory at the INAF and at
the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
(IUCPQ) showed that the locally grown Orléans strawberry reduces
inflammation and the markers associated with metabolic syndrome and
type 2 diabetes. Tests done on blood plasma from animals whose diet
consisted of Orléans strawberry and cranberry extracts also showed the
bioavailability of known bioactive molecules. Numerous tests done in vitro and in vivo in an animal model of the metabolic syndrome also showed that the
locally grown Orléans strawberry extracts improved the use of glucose
which promotes better regulation of blood glucose in the body.
A clinical trial with approximately 60 participants will begin in the
fall of 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Jacques and Dr. Weisnagel in
order to confirm on a larger scale within humans these health benefits
studied in animals. The properties of the locally grown Orléans
strawberry and of the cranberry could be put to good use in the Food
and Nutraceutical industries.
It is specialists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Université
Laval and the Les Fraises de l'Île d'Orléans inc. group who created,
characterized and put out to market the locally grown Orléans
strawberry cultivar. It is exclusively cultivated on Île d'Orléans in
the Québec Region.
This project would not have been possible without the participation of
Nutra Canada, Atrium Innovations inc., Fruit d'Or, Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada, the CRIBIQ and the team of researchers at Université
Established more than 30 years ago, Les Fraises de l'Île d'Orléans inc.
is a leader in the industry that differentiates themselves by their
innovative projects that target nutrition and protecting the
Established four years ago, Nutra Canada is the first Canadian
manufacturer of high-quality standardized extracts from fruits and
vegetables. The company differentiates themselves through their
numerous environmentally friendly innovations and technologies.
Fruit d'Or is the world leader of certified organic cranberry based
products and one of the most important processors in Canada.
SOURCE Les Fraises de l'Île d'Orléans
For further information:
Sébastien Léonhart, Scientific Manager, Nutra Canada : 418-571-9118 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Louis Gauthier, Scientific Manager, Les Fraises de l'Île d'Orléans inc.: 418-520-5613 -email@example.com
Dr. Yves Desjardins, Professor, Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods & Centre de recherche en horticulture, Université Laval : 418-656-2131, ext. 2359 -Yves.firstname.lastname@example.org