Strawberries are a fruit that almost everyone loves to eat. Whether in ice cream, homemade strawberry shortcake, on top of cheesecake, or in a pie; fresh strawberries are delicious. But, did you know that eating strawberries is also good for you? It’s true. Those little heart shaped fruits can do you a world of good in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth.
Strawberries contain flavonoids that are known to offset inflammation in the brain that could put off age related memory loss. Being rich in antioxidants, strawberries can aid in preventing or slowing a number of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Heart disease is one of the largest causes of death in many countries so controlling high cholesterol is essential. The flavonoids and ellagic acid in strawberries can help reduce the cholesterol in the blood. With reduced cholesterol in the blood, you have a lower risk of having plaque build up in the arteries.
Cancer fighting nutrients
The nutrients fiber, folate, vitamin C, flavonoids, and ellagic acid found in strawberries can also help to reduce your risk of certain types of cancer. Research is ongoing regarding the use of berries; including strawberries for fighting this disease.
A small study has shown that the anti-inflammatory benefits of strawberries can protect against joint pain. Strawberries can help in the reduction of joint swelling and the pain associated with it. They have even been shown to reduce the pain from osteoarthritis. Living with less joint pain significantly improves quality of life.
Lower blood pressure
The stress of daily life is a concern for everyone. Many people battle the effects of high blood pressure daily. The antioxidants contained in strawberries along with being packed with nutrients like potassium, mean strawberries can help control high blood pressure. This, in turn, will help you have a healthy heart as well.
Great addition to meals
Fresh strawberries are a great addition to leafy green salads, chicken salad, ice cream and even adding it to this great Coconut Popsicle Recipe – Under a Texas Sky. Throw some fresh strawberries into your morning oatmeal or cereal for added flavor. It’s nice to up the flavor of your meals while you’re benefiting your health at the same time.