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 are some of the few delicious fruits which are endowed with surprising as well as amazing benefits. 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 from diseases, disorders and illness. Strawberries are one of the top 10 fruits that favorably eaten by people of USA.
Strawberries are extensively used in food, including in ice creams, jams, jellies, squashes, syrups, confections, baked goods, chocolates and even in medicines for their extraordinarily rich flavor, taste and color. 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:
1. Healthy Heart:
High fiber content, folate, no fats, and high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin-C and those phytochemicals form an ideal cardiac health pack, as they effectively reduce cholesterol in the arteries and vessels. Some members of the vitamin-B family present in strawberries also strengthen the cardiac muscles and lead to better functioning of the heart.
2. 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 maintain normal blood pressure levels.
3. 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 also lower 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. A daily taking of strawberries are showing good result in preventing of cancerous cells.
4. Immunity Booster:
Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C that helps boost immunity, protecting against you from infections. Just one cup of strawberries can meets 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This alone makes it a fruit that you should not miss out on.
5. Eye Care:
The primary reasons for almost all problems related to the eyes are free radicals or a deficiency of certain nutrients. With increased age and a lack of these protective nutrients, the harmful oxidants or free radicals can cause heavy damage on our eyes, such as 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. Strawberries are helpful because they contain potassium, which helps to maintain the correct pressure.
6. 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. That’s because 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.
7. Arthritis and Gout:
The degeneration of muscles and tissues, the drying up of the fluid which helps increase mobility of the joints, and the accumulation of toxic substances and acids in the body are some of the ill effects of free radicals. These are the primary causes of arthritis and gout. Strawberries, with their impressive content of antioxidants and detoxifiers can effectively help eliminate such health hazards forever. It is a famous saying in India that a serving of any fruit every day will remove the “rust” from the joints. This old adage is definitely true for strawberries, since it does have very powerful anti-inflammatory abilities to ease the inflammation and associated pain from these types of conditions.
8. Promotes Bone health:
Strawberries are rich in minerals like manganese and potassium that not only help promote bone growth but also help keep them in mint condition. These properties also make strawberry a good fruit for growing children.
9. 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 is an essential nutrient for women at the early stages of their pregnancies, to boost the baby’s development and to prevent birth defects.
10. Healthier Teeth:
Strawberries are rich in natural acid which enable to remove stain from teeth naturally. Strawberries contain 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 make teeth healthy and strong. Thus, strawberry acts as a natural tooth whitener.
11. Weight Loss:
Strawberries are extremely low in calories, with a cup having just 53 calories. Also, they have fibre which can leave you feeling fuller if you have them before a meal. Not only has this, the high vitamin C content helped boost your metabolism which helps your body burn the calories faster.
12. Fights Hair fall:
Folic acid, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and ellagic acid present in strawberries helps prevent your hair from falling and thinning. Furthermore, minerals like copper and magnesium helps prevent dandruff and fungal growth on your scalp. If that wasn’t enough, many homemade packs can be made using strawberries that’ll add shine and glow 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…!!
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