The Health Benefits of Strawberries
It’s that time of year with Wimbledon just around the corner, to celebrate the Queen of summer fruits, packed with goodness and delicious in flavour the strawberry really is the fruit of the season.
KEEP WRINKLES AT BAY!
Ok, as a middle aged woman, I’m starting with the important point. Strawberries combat the wrinkles! They are rich in Vitamin C, helping the production of collagen, which in turn helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. Speaking as a woman who knows, we lose collagen as we age, so eating strawberries packed with vitamin C may just help us stay healthier and younger looking for longer…I live in hope!
AIDS WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Another good one! Did you know that Strawberries are naturally low in calories, fat-free and low in both sodium and sugar? Eat them guilt free…without the sugar of course as they do contain natural sugars with the total carb content of one serving equivalent to less than a half slice of bread. Resulting in a healthier snack which will keep you fuller for longer.
Did I mention Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? A vitamin we all know boosts immunity. Just one serving contains about half your daily requirement of vitamin C.
REGULATES BLOOD PRESSURE
Potassium is also found in strawberries, another heart healthy nutrient, that helps regulate blood pressure.
STRAWBERRIES HELP FIGHT CANCER
Vitamin C, an antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, by maintaining a healthy immune system, it’s the body’s best defence against cancer. Apparently a phytochemical called ellagic acid-also found in strawberries, has reportedly been shown to yield anti-cancer properties such as suppressing cancer cell growth.
Yes we read about it everywhere and we are all fighting to control our cholesterol levels, and strawberries contain powerful heart-health boosters. The ellagic acid and flavonoids (or phytochemicals) found in strawberries can provide an antioxidant effect that can benefit heart health in numerous ways. Such as counteracting the bad cholesterol in the blood, which causes a build up in the arteries and by providing an anti-inflammatory effect.
Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which can often lead to arthritis and heart disease.
Strawberries are a great source of fibre, naturally containing about 2g of fibre per serving which is important for healthy digestion. Reducing problems such as constipation. Fibre is also important in fighting type 2 diabetes and helps slow the absorption of sugars (i.e. glucose) in the blood.
PROMOTES PRE-NATAL HEALTH
Strawberries are also rich in folate, which is a B-vitamin recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive. We are all now aware that folate is necessary in the early stages of pregnancy to help in the development of the baby in the womb.
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