Strawberry, this little red, sweet-looking fruit is so popular because of the appealing appearance, freshness, taste, and also health benefits. Besides the decoration and delicacy purpose, strawberry also appears to have a ton of health benefits.
The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables in general, including strawberries, are varied starting from lowering the risk of heart disease, sugar level of blood to monstrous cancer. Consumption of fruits and vegetables is also associated with healthy skin and hair, and lower weight.
Strawberries boost immunity
Strawberry is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a popular immunity booster, and also a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. Just one serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C, it’s about half of the daily vitamin C requirement. This is just a little example of health benefits of strawberry; actually, there are tons other benefits of strawberry that wouldn’t be nice to write them all here because it can be a thesis, not a blog post.
So here are the health benefits of strawberry:
1) Heart Disease
A Harvard study concluded that regular intake of anthocyanins (that can be found in berries including strawberry), can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 32%. Even better, strawberry also contains a high polyphenol content that also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Polyphenol works by preventing platelet to stack in the blood vessel and reducing blood pressure thanks to its anti-inflammatory mechanism.
Also, don’t forget about the fiber and potassium in strawberries that also very good for the heart. Potassium is also having a good reputation for lowering heart disease chance.
The aforementioned quercetin and anthocyanins play another role here, this time with the kaempferol help. These flavonoid or antioxidant has proven to reduce the formation of blood clots on the vessels that associated with heart disease and also strokes.
Again, the powerful antioxidants that contained in strawberry work well against free radical agents, prevent tumor growth and prevent inflammation in our body.
Fiber is essential to prevent constipation. So eating foods that are high in water and fiber can help you stay hydrated and keep the regular bowel movements. Water and fiber are not only found in strawberry but also grapes and watermelon.
Strawberry is not only high in fiber but also has a low glycemic index, and in fact, it’s lower than many other fruits. That helps to regulate the sugar level in blood and keeps it stable.
A 2011 research showed that diabetic complications such as kidney disease and neuropathy can be reduced significantly by consuming about 37 strawberries a day.
A strawberry also contains Folate, this folate may help you cope with depression because it prevents an excess of homocysteine production in the body. The excess of homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine which regulates your mood. The homocysteine also prevents other nutrients on blood from reaching the brain.
Nutritional breakdown of strawberries
Here is a little nutritional information that strawberry contain for every 166 grams
- Calories: 50
- Protein: 1 gr
- Carbohydrates: 11. gr
- Fiber: 3.81 gr
- Calcium: 23.24 mg
- Iron: 0.63 mg
- Magnesium: 16.60 mg
- Phosphorus: 31.54 mg
- Potassium: 44.82 mg
- Vitamin C: 94.12 mg
- Folate: 29.38 micrograms
- Vitamin A
With all these health benefits of strawberry, there is no excuse to not include strawberries on your diet and everyday eating habit. Strawberry is a delicious fruit that can be combined in many ways, for example, you can make a fruit salad and add some strawberries in there.