Bite into the Health Benefits of Strawberries

Used to make everything from sweet ice cream to rich red jam, dipped in chocolate or eaten fresh with a dollop of sweet cream, there’s just no way to deny that strawberries are a favorite food the whole world over. Of course, strawberries don’t just taste good, this desert-like fruit is incredibly healthy too.

The health benefits of strawberries include eye care, proper brain function, and relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and heart diseases.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

All fruits, and especially berries are rich in antioxidants. While antioxidants can be obtained from other types of produce, there’s evidence that strawberries are particularly potent in this department. Did you know that more colorful fruits and vegetables contain higher amounts of antioxidants? Choose the reddest strawberries you can find for more intense antioxidant properties — and the brighter berries will also have the best taste and highest nutrient density.

Another strawberry compound — C3G — could help with weight management by regulating appetite and increasing fat-burning.

There are also health benefits of strawberries when it comes to oral care. Strawberries help strengthen the gums and heal bleeding gums. The powerful red fruit also helps to prevent oral cancer and can even help whiten teeth. Don’t have you’re toothbrush? To removing tartar from your teeth by rubbing them with strawberry slices.

Nutritional Benefits

Strawberries also contain a wide range of nutrients. Vitamin C heads the group, but they’re also strong in vitamin K, manganese, folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, iodine and copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Strawberries contain phenol, a phytonutrient that is believed to protect cells and prevent organ system damage.

Strawberries are also the top berry source of the antioxidant quercetin, which may help prevent Alzheimer’s by protecting brain cells from oxidation. Researchers found that strawberry-supplemented diets slowed and even reversed brain decline in some studies.

Additional health benefits of strawberries include:

  • Cardiovascular Health: people who regularly eat strawberries have lower cholesterol levels and lower amounts of C-reactive protein, which can cause inflammation of the blood vessels.
  • Digestive Health: One cup of strawberries has nearly 15 percent of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber.
  • Eye Health: Eating three or more servings of fruit per day may lower a person’s risk of age-related macular degeneration by 36 percent.
  • Joint Health: People who consume food rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries, are three times less likely to develop inflammatory polyarthritis.
  • Brain Health: Strawberries may prevent age-related decline in cognitive function, according to the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
  • Inflammatory diseases: Strawberries may lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body, which is linked with increased risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as flare-ups in rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Strawberry Side Effects

It has be suggested that food containing high amounts of polyphenols heighten a body’s cancer fighting and anti-aging abilities, but lower one’s innate survival abilities since all cells weaken. Depending on one’s condition, it may be of more benefit to eat only small amounts of strawberries.

Strawberries are also among the “dirty dozen” — the 12 foods where pesticide residues are most frequently found. Consider buying organic strawberries whenever possible.

Despite their sweet flavor, strawberries are naturally low in calories, making them a healthy choice for desserts or a sweet afternoon treat.

Calorie, Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Strawberries

1 cup whole strawberries:  Calories – 46, Fiber – 2.9 grams, Carbohydrates – 11.1 grams

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