Benefits of Strawberry

STRAWBERRY:

Why you should eat fresh strawberries

For more reasons to justify your strawberry habit, savour these five sweet facts:

1. They may reduce the risk of degenerative disease: Strawberries are an amazing source of folate (the folic acid found in food). Inadequate amounts of folate in the aging population can contribute to atherosclerosis, vascular disease and even a decline in cognitive function. Medications used for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can actually deplete folic acid in the body, so stock up on strawberries to replenish!

2. They could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease: Strawberries could have the unique ability to suppress the inflammatory responses of the body and reduce our risk of hypertension by lowering LDL cholesterol.

3. Use strawberries to stop stressing: Strawberries contain more than 100 percent of our daily recommended allowance of vitamin C in just one cup. Recent studies show that when vitamin C is consumed during times of stress, it actually has the ability to decrease our blood pressure back down to a normal level, preventing the development of hypertension — especially in kids!

4. Prevent bone loss with strawberries: Strawberries are high in potassium, and high-potassium diets have been shown to reduce bone loss by preserving calcium stores and preventing the breakdown of bone that comes with age.

5. They’re high in antioxidants: Strawberries contain anthrocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects us from the damaging effects of our environment, especially the sun. The antioxidant power of the anthrocyanins found in strawberries lasts up to 24 hours after consumption; this makes them a great defence against free radical damage!

Nutritional breakdown of strawberries

Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160% of your daily needs for vitamin C, for only 50 calories!1

Nutrition Facts2

Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams)


Strawberries are rich in vitamin C

  • Calories: 50
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 11.65 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.81 grams
  • Calcium: 23.24 mg
  • Iron: 0.63 mg
  • Magnesium: 16.60 mg
  • Phosphorus: 31.54 mg
  • Potassium: 44.82 mg
  • Selenium: 1.16 mg
  • Vitamin C: 94.12 mg
  • Folate: 29.38 mcg
  • Vitamin A: 44.82 IU

This nutritional powerhouse also contain the mighty antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin and kaempferol, which all have been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer.1

Advertisements