A strawberry (Fragaria) is a sweet, red heart-shaped fruit, which is much-loved for its delicious taste and for its nutritional benefits. Strawberries grow in bushes and are seasonal fruits that also boost your health.
Native to many parts of the world, it belongs to the rose family and has a distinct aroma. Despite its name, a strawberry is not a berry from a botanical standpoint, it is an aggregate accessory fruit. Also, the strawberry leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, or even used to make an antioxidant-rich strawberry tea.
Strawberry Nutrition and Health Benefits
Strawberries are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. They are low-calorie, fiber-rich and abundant in antioxidants and polyphenols. One cup of strawberries contains only 49 calories and provides 3g of fiber and 12g of carbohydrates.
- Lower Risk of Heart Attack – Studies show that young and middle-aged women who had three or more servings of a half cup of strawberries or blueberries weekly were 34% less likely to have a heart attack, as the high levels of anthocyanins in the berries relax the blood vessels, helping lower blood pressure and preventing
- Lower Risk of Stroke – The anti-inflammatory power of the antioxidants in strawberries helps reduce the formation of blood clots that are linked with stroke.
- Helps Prevent Cancer – Vitamin C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin, and kaempferol are just a few of the many flavonoids in strawberries that act as excellent antioxidants. Together, they form a strong line of defense to fight cancer and tumor growth.
- Boost Brain Function – Higher consumption of flavonoids, particularly from blueberries and strawberries, reduces rates of cognitive decline in older people. Strawberries are rich in iodine, vitamin C, and phytochemicals, which help maintain the proper functioning of the nervous system. Potassium, also in strawberries, has been linked to improved cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
- Skin Care – Strawberries contain salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and ellagic acid, which reduce hyperpigmentation, prevent acne, and remove dead skin cells. Also, using strawberry masks regularly, can keep the skin fresh and clean.
- Eye Care – Eating strawberries can prevent eye conditions like dry eyes, degeneration of the optic nerves, macular degeneration, vision defects, and increased susceptibility to infections. Antioxidants in strawberries, such as flavonoids, phenolic phytochemicals, and ellagic acid, can help avoid or alleviate almost all eye problems because they protect against free radical scavenging activity
- Lower the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
- Reduce High Blood Pressure
- Boost Immunity – Vitamin C, present in strawberries and many other types of fruits help boosts the immune system and helps in curing common cough and cold. A single serving has approximately 150% of your daily requirement of vitamin C!
- Relief from Arthritis & Gout – The Arthritis Foundation recommends eating strawberries as they are abundant in antioxidants and detoxifiers, which help reduce gout and arthritis pain. They also aid in preventing arthritis symptoms such as degeneration of muscles and tissues, drying up of the lubricating fluids in the joints, and accumulation of toxic substances and acids (such as uric acid) in the body.