7 Benefits of Strawberries

Fresh summer strawberries are among the most refreshing and healthy treats on the planet.  They also carry many health benefits, too!

 

Eye Care: The primary reason for almost all problems related to the eyes is 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.  Antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals, and elagic acid (all of which are present in strawberries) can help avoid these situations.

Immune System: The immune system is our body’s first line of defense against infections, microbial action, and a wide variety of other potentially damaging and dangerous conditions that can affect our body.   Just one serving of strawberries has approximately 150% of your daily requirement of vitamin-C!

Cancer: Vitamin-C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin and kaempferol are just a few of the many flavonoids in strawberries which possess excellent antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. Together, they form an excellent line of defense to fight cancer and tumor growth. The daily intake of strawberries is connected to a drastic reduction in the presence and metastasis of hazardous cancer cells.

Brain Function: Fun Fact:  Strawberries are “BRAIN FOOD!”  Berries keep your brain sharp.  In fact, a study by Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that a “high intake of flavonoid-rich berries, such strawberries and blueberries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by two and a half years!”

High Blood Pressure: Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium content, both of which are effective in lowering high blood pressure caused by sodium and various other risk factors. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it reduces hypertension and the rigidity of arteries and blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure, easing the flow of blood to various parts of the body, thereby oxygenating them and keeping them functioning at their fullest potential.

Weight Loss: Strawberries promote weight loss due to the presence of  various nutrients that help to stimulate metabolism and reduce appetite.

Reduce Inflammation: Strawberries are rich in antioxidant properties and help to reduce inflammation.  Perhaps most importantly, strawberries and all of the associated foods that contain strawberries, are delicious!  Next time you are looking for something sweet, bite into some juicy strawberries and enjoy the benefits they have in store for you!

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