Strawberry… mmmm… the name only brings that tangy taste on my tongue. Its unique taste, texture, tarts and versatility makes it different from other fruits and hence is also known to be the “Queen of Fruits”.
Strawberries come in the category of the few fruits which are endowed with amazing benefits and are delicious as well. Strawberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, low in calorific value and widely eaten across the world. Strawberries are full of vitamin C, fibre and that’s why known as nutrients powerhouse.
Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits which have healthy punch of nutrients and show positive effect in the treatment of many diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and effective in case of brain function and anti-aging. The amazing health and medicinal benefits of strawberries helps to combat various diseases and disorders. Strawberries are among the top 10 fruits that liked by the people of United States.
Due to their extraordinarily rich flavor, taste and color, Strawberries are used extensively in various food products like ice creams, jams, jellies, squashes, syrups, confections, baked goods, chocolates and even in medicines. They can also be consumed fresh.
Don’t go on the size, its benefits are more than a usual fruit. We have queued some of them:
Amazing tasty strawberry health benefits
- Healthy Heart:
Strawberries contain a unique combination of fiber, folate, and high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin-C with no fat. Also they contain phytochemicals which makes them ideal for cardiac health, as they effectively reduce cholesterol in the arteries and vessels. Strawberries contain a number of members of the vitamin-B family that strengthen the cardiac muscles and lead to a better functioning of the heart.
- Regulates Blood Pressure:
Known as the silent killer because it has no symptoms, high blood pressure can result in a stroke and even death. Strawberries are vital for your heart health because they are high in potassium, and a single serving can help to maintain normal blood pressure levels.
- Fights Cancer:
Strawberries have a strong pack of phytochemicals and anti-inflammatory agents which are known to prevent some forms of cancer at their earlier stage. The bio-chemicals like vitamin C, folate, flavonoids, quercetin, anthocyanin; all these help to fight cancer. The presence of lutein and zeathancins in strawberries also restricts the growth of cancer cells by defeating free radicals. These chemicals reduce the rate of stomach cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. Including Strawberries in the daily diet can fetch good result in prevention of cancerous cells.
- Immunity Booster:
Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C that gives a boost to our immunity and protects us against various infections. Just a cup of strawberries can fulfil our daily requirement of Vitamin C. This alone makes it a fruit that you should not miss out on.
- Eye Care:
Generally there are two major causes behind all eyes related problems. One is the deficiency of certain essential nutrients, which our body looses with age and the other is the presence of free radicals, which can cause heavy damage lead to various problems like, excessively dry eyes, degeneration of the optical nerves, macular degeneration, vision defects and increased susceptibility to infections as well. Antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals, and elagic acid, all of which are present in strawberries, can help to avoid these situations to a large extent. One more condition strawberries can fix is ocular pressure, meaning the pressure within the eyes. The potassium content in strawberries helps to maintain the correct pressure.
- Good for Skin:
A lot of skin products like face wash, anti-ageing creams and moisturizers appearing in the market are enriched with strawberry extracts and essence. The reason is that strawberries are a rich source of antioxidants like flavonoids and vitamins. These compounds fight free radicals and prevent early ageing by slowing down the development of wrinkles.
- Arthritis and Gout:
The free radical damages like, the degeneration of muscles & tissues, drying up of the fluid which maintains the mobility of the joints, and the accumulation of toxic and acidic substances in the body, all of these are the main causes for arthritis and gout. Strawberries, with their high content of antioxidants and detoxifiers can effectively help in the elimination of such health hazards forever. In INDIA, it is a common belief that a serving of any fruit every day will remove the “rust” from the joints in the body. This is definitely true in the case of strawberries, as they have very powerful anti-inflammatory abilities and can also ease the pain associated with arthritis and gout.
- Promotes Bone health:
Strawberries are a rich source of minerals like manganese and potassium that not only help to improve bone growth but also help keep them in mint condition. These properties also make strawberry a must have for growing children.
- Promotes Pre-Natal Health:
Strawberries are prized for their high density of folate – a B-vitamin that is recommended for pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive. It helps to boost the baby’s development and prevent birth defects and hence it is strongly recomennded for women at the early stages of their pregnancies,.
- Healthier Teeth:
Strawberries are rich in natural acid which enable to remove stain from teeth naturally. It also contains fluoride which is effective in strengthening bones and teeth thereby prevent dental caries. In a recent study, it has been shown that the presence of folate in strawberries is beneficial for healthy and strong teeth. Thus, strawberry acts as a natural tooth whitener.
- Weight Loss:
Strawberries are so low in calories, that a cup of it leads to only 53 calories. Also, as they are rich in fibre, having them before meal can satisfy your hunger with less food. Not only that, the high vitamin C content can help to boost your metabolism which results infaster burning of calories by your body.
- Fights Hair fall:
Strawberries help to prevent hairs from falling and thinning as it is a rich source of Folic acid, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and ellagic acid. Furthermore, minerals like copper and magnesium helps prevent dandruff and fungal growth on your scalp. Moreover, adding strawberries in homemade hair packs can add shine to your hair
After reading all these benefits, what are you waiting for? Go to the nearest grocery store and grab a box of this delicious and nutritious berry.
As soon as you are done with eating and checking its benefits, do not forget to comment. I’ll be waiting for your reviews, experiences, queries.
Eat Healthy… Stay Healthy…!!