The Health Benefits of Strawberries

Today I wanted to share with you the health benefits of strawberries.  Boy do I love me some strawberries.  They are another one of my favorite fruits and are great in a fruit salad or just by themselves.

Below are some of the health benefits of strawberries.IMG_20140330_135239_803  I love the fact that not only are the fruits and vegetables I’ve been covering good for you, but they taste good too.

Thanks to the website health.india.com for the information below.  It is much appreciated as always.  Giving credit where credit is due.

1.  Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity and protects you from infections. Just one cup of strawberries meets 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This alone makes it a fruit that you should not miss out on, specially during the strawberry season.

2.  Strawberries are a great source of fiber, which can help with constipation.  Fiber also helps regulate your blood sugar levels, which makes strawberries a great food for diabetics and those who want to prevent diabetes.  Strawberries have a low glycemic index of 40, which means diabetics can consume them without worrying too much, but always consult your doctor before you do just to make sure.

3.  Vitamin C and antioxidants present in strawberries can help slow down the aging process and keep your skin wrinkle-free for longer.  

4.  Strawberries are extremely low in calories, with a cup having just 53 calories.  Also, they have fiber, mentioned above, which can leave you feeling fuller if you have them before a meal.  The high vitamin C content also helps boost your metabolism which helps your body burn the calories faster.

5.  Pregnant women are sometimes confused as to what they should eat during pregnancy that’ll both be good for them and the baby.  Folate present in rich quantities in strawberries helps in the baby’s brain, skull and spinal cord development.  In addition, strawberries also have folic acid, which can save the child from having certain birth defects. 

6.  Shaped like a heart, strawberries have nutrients like flavonoids and antioxidants that prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol which can clog your arteries.  Additionally, these nutrients have anti-inflammation properties which are good for the heart.

7.  Like most fruits and vegetables, strawberries too are high in antioxidants which help in fighting cancer.  In particular, strawberries have antioxidants like lutein and zeathanacins which suppresses the growth of cancer cells.

8.  Strawberries have nutrients like manganese, potassium and some minerals that not only help promote bone growth, but also helps keep them in mint condition.  These properties also make strawberries a good fruit for growing children.

9.  Strawberries contain folic acid, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and ellagic acid, which helps to prevent your hair from falling out and thinning.  Furthermore, minerals like copper and magnesium found in strawberries helps prevent dandruff and fungal growth on your scalp.

10.  Fisetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid present in strawberries helps enhance memory by stimulating the signaling pathways.  A research study published in “Annals of Neurology” also proved that eating 2 or more servings of strawberries per week can delay memory decline in aging women.

As you can see strawberries have all kinds of great health benefits.  The next time your are at the grocery store I would encourage you to pick some up, or with strawberry season coming up soon, if you have them available, go out and pick some fresh ones from a local strawberry farm or grower.  Fresh is always better than store-bought, in my opinion.

Now check out these recipes that use strawberries.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Watermelon Fruit Bowl

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