Strawberries are one of my most favorite fruit. They are sweet, ideal to implement into breakfast or desserts, and packed with a ton of health benefits. Strawberries are filled with fiber, low in sugar and just 49 calories per cup. It is one of the best fruits you can consume that will keep you full without spiking up your blood sugar levels!
6 Wonderful Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries detoxify the body by helping to maintain healthy digestion and elimination.The fiber in strawberries can help keep the digestive system regular by preventing constipation and creating an ideal environment for a healthy gut. One cup of strawberries has approximately 3 grams of fiber.
Strawberries are high in folate, a water soluble B vitamin that helps cells properly function and is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. 1 cup of strawberries contains 25 mcg of folate. Consuming the recommended amount of folate can help prevent neural tube defects and abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord in babies.
Improve Heart Health
Strawberries are high in anthocyanins, which have been found to lower blood pressure, improve levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol and make blood vessels more elastic. Anthocyanins are also responsible for strawberries’ rich coloring.
Reduce Signs of Aging
Strawberries are high in antioxidants like uteolin, gallic acid, flavonols, and quercetrin. They are also high in vitamins A and C which are one of the body’s first lines of defense in reducing free radical damage. Eating strawberries can help to counteract the managing effects of free radicals, reduces inflammation and slows the aging process.
Strawberries contain ellagic acid which can help slow the reproduction of cancer cells. Studies have shown ellagic acid to help in the prevention of many types of cancer including skin and breast.
6. Healthy Skin
Vitamins A and C are great for maintaining healthy skin. Because of these powerful vitamins, eating strawberries can improve skin elasticity, hydration, and discoloration.
You can find this delicious strawberry smoothie recipe in the Healthy with Nedi Summer Smoothie e-book.
And here is a healthy tip for you to share with your friends:
Sources: Mayo Clinc, Dr. Axe, BeatCancer.org, Harvard, NCBI