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The Health Benefits of Strawberries

A post by the World’s Healthiest Foods goes into detail about the health benefits of strawberries. These include nutritional content, antioxidant properties, and the potential for strawberries in the fight against cancer.

Strawberries have a lot of Vitamin C, so much so, that the World’s Healthiest Foods reports that one cup of strawberries has 113% of the daily Vitamin C that you need. Other nutrients in strawberries include:

  • Manganese
  • Iodine
  • Folate
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus

One area where strawberries can be helpful with maintaining health is the cardiovascular system. This is because the fruit contains more Vitamin C than over 60 other kinds of fruits.  Also, strawberries have a high content of phytonutrients, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Another way that strawberries benefit health is through blood sugar regulation. Eating strawberries on a regular basis can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes. They can lower blood sugar even when someone is eating foods with table sugar at the same time. This is because strawberries have ellagitannins, a polyphenol that prevents the breakdown of sugars into the bloodstream.

Strawberries even have cancer-fighting properties, mainly due to their antioxidant content. In particular, ellagic acid and ellagitannins. However, more research is needed to understand better how these properties can have an effect on cancer.

Another aspect for research development is the anti-aging potential for strawberries. This includes:

  • Improvement in motor functioning.
  • Bowel issues like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Eye inflammation.

The World’s Healthiest Foods suggests storing strawberries in parts of the refrigerator that are more humid, such as cold storage bins or in sealed containers. The fruit is actually quite fragile, and can easily lose its health properties through improper storage or commercial food processing.

Want to learn more about strawberries and all of their positive benefits ?

Read the full article here:  What’s New and Beneficial About Strawberries.