Strawberries are loved all over the world and it is the only fruit which has seeds on the outer side. There are about 600 varieties. Strawberries can be easily recognized with its heart shaped red skin that has yellow seeds outside. Strawberry was considered as a luxury fruit and was loved by many kings so madly that they planted more than 3000 trees and ate the fruit everyday. Strawberries have great taste and fragrance and so it is used in preparing ice creams, yogurts, milkshakes and desserts. Strawberries have lots of health benefits and let’s see about it.
Rich in Nutrition
Strawberries are rich in a wide range of vitamins namely Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin and Folic acid. It also contains Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids and even more. Vitamin C present in strawberry is very high compared to other fruits. Daily intake of strawberries supplies more than the sufficient amount of vitamins needed for the body.
Regular intake of strawberry increases anti-cancer agents in the body. These anti-cancer agents fight against different types of cancer such as skin, prostrate esophagus, colon and pancreas and breast cancer. Ellagitannin content present in strawberries bind with cancer causing molecules present in the body and makes them inactive. The destruction of p-53 gene by cancer cells is prevented by the Ellagic acid present in strawberries. Thus strawberries play a major role in preventing cancer and decreasing the rate of cancer deaths.
Protection against Macular Degeneration
Regular intake of the fruit lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) which is the primary reason of vision loss in old adults. By regularly taking one strawberry fruit your body can protect you against Macular Degeneration. If you feel bored by consuming everyday you can make a blend of frozen strawberry, honey and yogurt and make it into a tasty dessert.
For a Healthy Heart
Important heart-heathy nutrients such as Vitamin C, Potassium, and fibers are present in strawberry. Strawberries have various phytonutrients such as phenol and anthocyanin and these phytonutrients fight against heart diseases. The phenol content present in strawberry makes it a heart protective fruit.
Prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis
Strawberries and other Vitamin C rich foods fight against inflammatory polyarthritis which is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. People who don’t take Vitamin C rich foods are three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who take Vitamin C rich foods.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
The antioxidants present in strawberries lowers the levels of bad cholesterol present in the body. The antioxidants also improve the effectiveness of cholesterol lowering diets. Other than this the intake of strawberries also reduces the “oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol”. The free radicals that cause oxidation are reduced by the antioxidants present in strawberries.
For Healthy Skin, Strong Bones and Teeth
The collagen forming properties of strawberry enhances the skin and improves the strength of bones and teeth. Replace your friend snack with a fresh juice of strawberry and get a glossy skin. If you see the ingredients of facial creams you can see strawberry in it.
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