Why You Should Be Eating Strawberries
Jun 27, 2013
Strawberries boost immunity
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. One cup is equivalent to 100 percent of the recommended daily value.
Strawberries promote eye health
The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts in older age. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens.
Strawberries help fight cancer
Antioxidants are scavengers to free-radicals and neutralize the potentially negative effect they can have on our cells.
Strawberries keep wrinkles at bay
Since we lose collagen as we age, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, younger-looking skin. Collagen destruction and inflammatory response are two major factors in the development of wrinkles.
Strawberries fight bad cholesterol
Strawberries also contain powerful heart-health boosters. One way includes counteracting the effect of LDL—bad cholesterol in the blood—which causes plaque to build up in arteries. A second way is that they provide an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also good for the heart.
Strawberries reduce inflammation
May also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease.
Strawberries regulate blood pressure
Potassium is yet another heart healthy nutrient, and can help regulate blood pressure and may even help to lower high blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.
Strawberries boost fiber
Naturally contain about 2 g per serving. Lack of fiber includes constipation and diverticulitis and can also aid in fighting type 2 diabetes by slowing the absorption of blood sugar.
Strawberries promote pre-natal health
Folate is a B-vitamin recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, and strawberries are a good source. Folate is also necessary in the early stages of pregnancy to help in the development of the baby’s brain, skull and spinal cord, and the folic acid in strawberries may help to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida.
Strawberries aid in weight management
A healthy weight is one of the best defenses against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, not to mention just plain good for your overall well-being. Strawberries are naturally low calorie, fat-free and low in both sodium and sugar.