Surprising Health Benefits of Strawberries
Looking and smelling fresh strawberries has my taste buds watering. Maybe eating them plain, maybe in a smoothie, or maybe even …Strawberry shortcake. Yum! But did you know these awesome berries not only taste great but have some awesome health benefits? Check out the surprising benefits and know why I eat them all the time.
Nutritional Facts of the Strawberry
You cannot beat a fresh, just picked summer organic strawberry. Oh man, I love walking in the strawberry fields and picking a sun warmed berry. It burst sweetness and happiness in my mouth. Just thinking about this I have a smile and want some strawberries…
Strawberries are not just an attractive looking berry, but also have some attractive looking nutritional values. They are great antioxidants! And they are packed full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Super high in vitamin C, they are also full of potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and also folate. These wonderful components make why the strawberry has such great Health Benefits.
- Immune System – having a high punch of vitamin C helps ward off colds, coughs, and other infections. Vitamin C also helps with stimulating the white blood cells, which is our body’s defense fighter against germs and bacteria, including heart disease and other various cancers. And having a (single) serving of strawberries has about 140-150% of our daily vitamin C. Holy Strawberry!
- Arthritis and Gout – gout is a type of arthritis that is very painful. And we know how painful arthritis can be – drying up of our fluids that keeps our mobility in our joints. Very debilitating. My dad gets gout and he is in pain. But when I found out strawberries help relieve this, you know I was making him eat the berries in every fashion possible. Given the antioxidants in strawberries, along with being detoxifying, this super berry is great for reducing inflammation brought on by arthritis and gout. Think of it as oiling the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz (smile)
- Boost Brain Function – I’d say as we get older our brain slows down a bit and we become forgetful. But in this day and age, I see even the young forgetting; maybe it’s our crazy busy life we lead or maybe the foods we eat are not the healthiest choices, given all the free radicals that’s in them. Thankfully strawberries come to help with its Vitamin C and the phytochemicals that help rejuvenate our system. Add with its components of iodine and potassium to help with blood flow and proper functioning of the brain. Guess it’s time to grab some strawberries before taking a test. And even sip my memory boosting strawberry rosemary infused water .
- Help Reduce Cancer – strawberries containing vitamin C, folate, and the flavonoids (such as anthocyanins and quercetin) are awesome antioxidants and anticarcinogenic properties. Eat strawberries daily as it’s a great way to help reduce cancer and tumor growth.
- Good eye care – free radicals and not enough nutrients damage our eyes, sometimes making them dry, or even susceptible to infections. Strawberries’ antioxidants help avoid eye issue, relieving any disturbance that is harmful to the eye. What keeps the eye well is the potassium from the strawberry, giving it the protection of appropriate eye pressure.
- Relieve Constipation – eating foods that have high water and fiber concentration, such as the mighty strawberry, helps hydrate bowels and making bowel movements regular.
- Help prevent Stroke & Bood Pressure– the antioxidants (like kaempferol, quercetin, and anthocyanins) help reduce the formation of blood clots associated with strokes. Potassium found in the strawberry also has been linked to reducing strokes.
Packed with Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, strawberries have a great nutritional value. And only one cup of fresh organic strawberries contain a powerhouse full of vitamins and minerals to help protect against certain types of cancer. (1 cup is only 50 calories)
* 1 gr protein
* 11.65 gr carbohydrates
* 3.81 gr dietary fiber
* 23.24 mg calcium
* 16.6 mg Magnesium
* 0.63 mg iron
* 44.82 mg potassium
*31.45 mg phosphorus
*94.12 mg vitamin C
*44.82 international units vitamin A
*29.38 micrograms folate
* 1.16 mg selenium
Time to Incorporate Strawberries
I knew strawberries were good in taste, but how awesome are they for our health!
Packed with Vitamin C, potassium, and full of antioxidants, strawberries assist with:
- arthritis and gout – reducing inflammation
- boosts the immune system – the high packed with vitamin C
- boosts brain power – vitamin C, phytochemicals and potassium help with memory
- help reduce cancer – the flavonoids help reduce the growth of cancer and tumors.
- good for eyes – antioxidants help fight off free radicals that harm the eye
- reduce constipation – containing water and dietary fiber helps reduce constipation
- reduce blood pressure and stroke – antioxidants and potassium help blood from clotting in relation to blot clot from strokes. So grab yourself some organic fresh strawberries and add it to your dishes, such as, garden salads, smoothies, over yogurt, spinach strawberry salad, dip them in dark chocolate or just eat them plain. How do you incorporate them in your foods?
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.