Strawberries and Health

Updated: Mar 12

We all love strawberries. But why is our body drawn to them? This little fruit is amazingly good for us. Out of all the articles that extort the great benefits of strawberries, the one below is the best. But, by all means, check out others.


Below is 18 Surprising Benefits Of Strawberry. It is reproduced in part below with the original link. You are recommended to view the entire article. It is really well written. What is reproduced below is a small part of the fuller information in Organic Facts. Its original links have also been left in tact.


https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/strawberries.html

The excerpts are as follows:


Improves Heart Function

Strawberries have high levels of heart-healthy antioxidants like ellagic acid and flavonoids like anthocyanin, catechin, quercetin, and kaempferol. [3] These phenolic compounds lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by inhibiting the formation of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. They also relax the blood vessels, causing improved blood flow and preventing cardiovascular problems. Additionally, the high fiber content, vitamin C, and folate in strawberries form an ideal cardiac health pack as they effectively reduce cholesterol in the arteries and vessels.


Skin Care


Strawberries contain salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and ellagic acid, which reduce hyperpigmentation, prevent acne, and remove dead skin cells. For a face mask for glowing skin, crush 4-5 strawberries and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Apply on the face, leave it till dry, and wash off.


Anti-Aging

Vitamin C in strawberries boosts collagen production, tones the skin, and has an anti-aging effect. Also, a study showed that its extract is abundant in anthocyanins and protects against ultraviolet radiation. [4]









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 almost all eye problems because they protect against free radical scavenging activity.


One more condition strawberries can fix is the disturbance in ocular pressure, the pressure within the eyes, which can be harmful. They also contain potassium, which helps in maintaining the correct pressure.


Reduces High Blood Pressure


Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium. Potassium and magnesium act as vasodilators, meaning that they help reduce hypertension and the rigidity of arteries and blood vessels. This eases the flow of blood to various parts of the body and keeps them functioning at their full potential.


Prevents Cancer

Vitamin C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin, and kaempferol are just a few of the many flavonoids in strawberries that act as excellent antioxidants. [5] Together, they form an excellent line of defense to fight cancer and tumor growth. Daily intake of strawberries is connected to a drastic reduction in the presence and metastasis of cancer cells. A study showed that freeze-dried strawberry powder showed results to prevent esophageal cancer. [6]


Boosts Immunity


Vitamin C present in strawberry boosts the immune system and helps in curing common cough and cold. [7] A single serving has approximately 150% of your daily requirement of vitamin C!


Treats Arthritis & Gout


Strawberries are abundant in antioxidants and detoxifiers, which help reduce arthritis and gout pain. They also aid in preventing arthritic 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.


Boosts Brain Function


Strawberries are rich in iodine, vitamin C, and phytochemicals, which help maintain the proper functioning of the nervous system. [8] Potassium, in strawberries, also has been linked to an improved cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain. Furthermore, a research on older women showed that higher consumption of blueberries and strawberries, rich in anthocyanins and other flavonoids, is linked with a slower progression of cognitive decline. [9]


Here are more references:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27172913


https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167762/nutrients


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15077879


https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eat-blueberries-and-strawberries-three-times-per-week


https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/chemicals-found-in-everyday-fruits-could-minimise-organ-damage-after-heart-attack-and-stroke


https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0524776


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22135048


https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0197458005002290


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490584/


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24956972


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693724/


https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0960852409009699


https://arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/nutrition/healthy-eating/best-fruits-for-arthritis


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17906180


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28846633



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