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Health Benefits of Strawberries

Bhakti Satalkar Jun 10, 2019
Strawberries are the most popular berry fruit the world over. This can be due to the fact that there are numerous health benefits of these fruits, along with their delicious taste.
Strawberries are bright red and there are about 600 varieties of this berry. These berries are also available in the wild. The ones we eat are the cultivated wild variety of the berry. These berries were cultivated by the Romans even before the advent of the Christian era.
However, after the fall of Roman empire, they lost their importance. They regained their importance, when they reappeared on stage in Europe. Did you know strawberry belongs to the rose family and that it is the only fruits whose seeds are on the outside. It is also a very versatile berry, which can be used in a number of ways.
They are used in salads, yogurt, smoothies, desserts, ice creams, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, etc.

Nutrition Information and Health Benefits

Strawberries are very famous for their Vitamin C content. They are very rich sources of Vitamin B, Vitamin K, copper, manganese, folate, potassium, etc. Here are nutrition facts of strawberries:
  • Vitamin C - 136%
  • Manganese - 20%
  • Dietary Fiber - 13%
  • Iodine - 8%
  • Potassium - 6%
  • Folate - 5%
  • Vitamin B2 - 5%
  • Vitamin B5 - 4%
  • Vitamin B6 - 4%
  • Copper - 2%
Many people often have a question whether the benefits of strawberry juice are similar to that of eating these berries? We will say 'yes', the benefits do differ, as you will definitely miss on the dietary fiber if you make the juice. Now, let's see their health benefits strawberries.

Rich in Antioxidants

According to the latest research, it is proved that strawberries contain high amounts of antioxidants, which help the body in neutralizing the destructive effects of free radicals. They also help the body to repair the damaged tissues in the body. These antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties.
Hence, patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis should make this wonderful berry a part of their daily diet. Along with anti-inflammatory properties, regular consumption of strawberries lowers the risk of cancer. They are said to be in the top 8 foods known to lower the risk of cancer.

Protection Against Heart Attack, Stroke and Alzheimer

Potassium regulates the electrolytes. The potassium combined with the antioxidants present in strawberries helps in protecting the heart against heart attacks and strokes. The folate present in them boosts the production of red blood cells and delays the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Protection Against Macular Degeneration

Three or more servings of strawberries are recommended to lower the risk of age related macular degeneration. If you think three servings is difficult to incorporate, trust me, it is not difficult. For every meal you consume, you can make sure they are a part of it.
Like your breakfast of cereal can contain strawberries, likewise salads in each of your meal can also contain them.

High in Vitamins and Minerals

Like we have seen earlier, strawberries are rich in a number of vitamins, copper and manganese as well as Omega 3 essential fatty acids. These help in absorbing the nutrients and inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver. It is also beneficial to stabilize the blood glucose levels in the body.

Anti-aging Properties

Research has shown that strawberries have anti-aging properties. The nutrients present in them nourish the brain cells and increase the health of the brain and also its functions. They delay the effects of age related loss of cognitive and motor skills. Instead of relying on the anti-aging supplements, why not take this anti-aging aid given to us by nature.

Removing Tartar

We were not aware that strawberries also help in removing tartar, but well it is true. The acid present in them is very effective in removing tartar. Along with removing tartar, they also help improve the health of the gums.
After reading about their health benefits, don't you think we should make strawberries a part of our daily diet? Nature has given us the path; we should utilize it and derive the maximum health benefits that they offer us.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.