Health Benefits of Strawberries
Sweet, juicy, and a little tart at times, this little red fruit is truly remarkable. No wonder it’s a symbol of love and passion! One of the most unique quirks about the strawberry is that it’s the only fruit that wears its seeds on the outside, poking out for the world to see.
Folk remedies held that the fruit, leaves, and root of wild strawberries have the power to cure throat infections, melancholy, fainting, inflammation, kidney stones, bad breath, fevers, gout, and diseases of the blood and vital organs. Some of those may actually be true.
Washing strawberries in water and patting dry prepares them for either eating or storage. In the refrigerator, the coldest drawer is your best bet for prolonged freshness. When removing the core and little cap of leaves at the top, inspect for soft spots and remove with a small paring knife.
Little imagination is needed to enhance the succulence of strawberries, but ambitious folk have whipped up a variety of recipes to add to its culinary delights.
Nutritionally however, and to obtain the full essence, they’re best as is, especially when eaten at room temperature. Kick up the flavor very simply by combining them with other fruits – no sugar added – such as pineapple, kiwi, grapes, apples, blueberries, papaya, and/or bananas.
One study (among many) demonstrates that strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all contain chemicals proven to shield cells against cervical and breast cancer; new research serves up additional health benefits on an ever-increasing basis.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries offer an astonishing 129 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, a known infection fighter, but they’re also packed with manganese and folate, as well as potassium with its co-factoring enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Low in calories and fats, strawberries are a rich source of anthocyanins, ellagitannins, flavonols, terpenoids, and phenolic and ellagic acids, all phytonutrients which together multiply anti-inflammatory potential. Minerals like copper for the healthy development of red blood cells are in abundance, as are fluoride, iron, and iodine.
Besides being anti-cancer, strawberries also contain potential neurological disease-fighting and anti-aging compounds. What’s more, the free radical-zapping antioxidant activity is outstanding in strawberries, as are their blood glucose-leveling abilities.
However, consume strawberries in moderation because they still contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.
Studies on Strawberries
A recent study reports that the flavonoid fisetin in strawberries can kill breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells. Fisetin, most abundant in strawberries, is also found in onions, apples, persimmons, grapes, and cucumbers. A number of anti-cancer treatments are designed to induce cancer cell death; fisetin also has been proven to bring about programmed cell death in human colon and prostate cancer cells.
According to other research, about 250 mg per day of triterpenes, of the phytosterol family, are consumed daily, derived from several food types, but specifically strawberries. One triterpene in strawberries, called lupeol, contains cholesterol-lowering properties as well as “immense” anti-inflammatory potential.
In fact, research indicates that blood markers for chronic inflammation can be improved by eating strawberries regularly. The study noted that surrounding healthy cells and tissues showed no toxicity under therapeutic doses, with the conclusion that lupeol might prove to be a chemopreventive agent for treating both inflammation and cancer. Read More