Benefits of Strawberries - The Strawberry as a Super Fruit

The Simple Strawberry is a Super Fruit!

Not only good to eat, this unassuming little berry has properties that aid in matters of health and beauty.
Not only good to eat, this unassuming little berry has properties that aid in matters of health and beauty.

The Best Strawberries

When trying to choose between conventially grown berries and organic, opt for the organic ones every time. They lack the pesticide residue found in typical commercially grown strawberries and have greater flavour.

Strawberries are Super Berries!

I love juicy, red, ripe strawberries, mmm!  Some people are allergic (my cousin) but I'm one of those lucky ones that can eat berries to my heart's content with no ill effects.  Not only is that great because they're yummy and I can pig out, but strawberries are being touted as a natural health and beauty aid, as well.  Yes, my friends, the simple strawberry is a super fruit.

Strawberry Allergy

Before we get to the good stuff, I want to get the issue of strawberry as an allergy food out of the way. For those of us who are not allergic, it may not seem important but it sure is to the folks who are.

What is a Strawberry Allergy?

People are not actually allergic to the berry itself, but rather certain proteins contained in the fruit. These proteins, according to the WiseGeek website, are similar to the ones that cause birch pollen energy. If you are allergic, you want to steer clear of these delicious little berries and any products that contain them. You should be safe though, with artificial strawberry products as they lack the proteins responsible for the allergic reaction.

Symptoms of a Strawberry Allergy

Not everyone gets the same symptoms. Some (like my cousin) develop a rash. For others, a strawberry allergy is more severe and uncomfortable. Below is a list of various symptoms that can accompany a reaction.

  • Red, itchy, puffy skin reaction
  • Swelling of bronchial tubes, resulting in breathing difficulties
  • Intestinal distress
  • Burning lips
  • Numbness and tingling of the mouth
  • Congestion

There is some suggestion that the red in strawberries creates an issue, as white strawberries have shown not to cause allergic reactions. I can only take from that it is the proteins that give the berry its colour. I'm not a doctor but that's how it seems to me. I'm glad that is an alternative for people who are sensitive but I don't happen to think that white strawberries taste very good.

Not everyone will have all of these symptoms. If yours fall into any of the dangerous categories, please do not hesitate to get medical help.

Some Health Benefits of Strawberries

Okay, on with the show. Assuming that you do not have a strawberry allergy, this little miracle fruit has some health benefits above those we associate with it.

Vitamin C Levels

I don't know about you but I thought that with a fruit as small as a strawberry, I'd need a truckload to get any amount of vitamin C. Not so! In fact, it only takes one cup of strawberries to get 136% of your recommended daily amount. That's 15% more vitamin C than you get from eating an orange.

Burn Body Fat Faster

The high Vitamin C levels in strawberries assist the body in synthesizing the compound carnitine, which in turn helps speed up fat burn by 25%, according to a study done at Tempe's Arizona State University.

Painkiller Strawberries

Researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing have concluded that the anthocyanins in strawberries stop the body from releasing inflammatory compounds that cause nerves to become over stimulated. Therefore, eat lots of strawberries to relieve muscle pain without irritating your stomach the way that aspirin or Ibuprofin can.

Powerful Antioxidants

Thanks to the anthocyanins mentioned above, strawberries also contain healthifying antioxidants. As the benefits of anti oxidants are well known now, I won't go into them any more here. Suffice it to say that strawberry properties are incredible for maintaining a healthy body.

Strawberries as a Beauty Aid

The strawberry is not just good for your insides, it can help your outsides, too.

Reduce the Appearance of Freckles, Sun and Age Spots

You can fade your age spots caused by sun exposure and your freckles by half in only about four weeks' time. The Japanese did a study and came to the conclusion that regular strawberry snacking suppresses the output of melanin, which causes the pigmentation when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. The manganese in strawberries help your skin cells reproduce faster. That means that the coloured cells will be replaced by regular ones sooner than if you don't eat the berries.

Whiten Teeth and Prevent Tooth Decay

Thanks to scientists at Umea University in Sweden, we now know that strawberries help your body fight tooth decay by 33%. It's the fruit's xylitol that does it. Xylitol is an alcohol of sorts that destroys cavity causing bacteria. The strawberry is a two-in-one when it comes to your teeth. The malic acid found in the berrie can help dissolve surface stains, giving you a naturally whiter smile.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Strawberry Chocolate Martini

Strawberry as a Pleasure Food

We've discussed the strawberry as a super health and beauty aid but how 'bout as a delicacy? There's no doubt that this fruit can span a gastronomic range from jam to martinis.

Many an enterprising cook has used fresh strawberries to make their own jams, jellies and preserves. If you're lucky enough to have the chance to get some of these tasty treats, take it. It was my intention to list two of my recipes for homemade strawberry jam here. However, until I move into a place where I can unpack my boxes, I have no idea where any of my recipes are. I'm sure that there are many hubs that already contain that information and I'll see if I can find some to link here.

How about chocolate covered strawberries? I have heard they are delectable but I've never had the pleasure of trying them. My friend, Dottie, wrote a hub about this decedant treat and I must say that I want to try them sometime before I die, because they look delicious.

Of course, let us not forget the chocolate covered strawberry martini. Now, I'm a big martini fan but something like this, I think a person should try at least once in their lives.

There are a million different ways to eat strawberries, especially when they are part of a recipe. I hope you'll investigate this little super fruit and add more of it to your health and beauty regime.

Enjoy your super strawberries!

The Old Firm's Strawberry Jam Recipe

Hubber The Old Firm has graciously consented to let me share his strawberry jam recipe with you.  Thanks, TOF!

Strawberry jam:

Take a quantity of strawberries.

Wash and hull them.

Mash them, - I give them them a quick zap in a food processor.
Measure the result and put in a preferably stainless steel pot with around five times or more the capacity of the strawberry pulp. bring to the boil and simmer for around ten minutes, stirring.

Add about the same quantity of sugar and crank up the heat.

Keep at a rolling boil stirring continuously to stop sticking. (Use a wooden spoon if you can.) The jam will froth up - hence the larger pot-, then settle back, and after a while the boiling sound will alter as it sets. (Takes me around ten minutes or less - plenty of heat.) Check for set and bottle in pre-heated sterilised jars.

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Well that is justification enough to pig out on strawberries! Thank you for an interesting guilt free hub!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

It's true what you say about the strawberries in reguards to allergies. It's not the strawberry, but the fact that it hightens the response of the systems to other allergies you have, increasing the symptoms and toxicity that occurs in the body. My son's allergist told us. So if it's allergy time for him, he's suppose to have little to do with them. Isn't that crazy? It's not necessary to steer completely clear from them though, unless your allergies are severe, or you're eating another food you know you're sensitive to. Awesome hub. I love strawberries.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Did I hear chocolate covered strawberries Shirley?   The one thing my daughter wanted to do when she came home from college for the summer was to make chocolate covered strawberries and we did that today.  I have two trays full right now!  Would you like to stop by?  I'll make you a chocolate covered martini!!! hahuh, now you can't resist.

Great hub Shirley, I love strawberries and grow them in my garden.  Thanks for listing all those wonderful benefits that strawberries provide.  Oh, and thank you for the link too, for that you get many thumbs up! how bout a click too,:)


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Finally, something just for Shirley and not for HP. ;D

Thanks for the tips. I'm off to go buy some, and find an Oompa Loompa that can get me into the Factory so I can dip in the stream and cover the strawberry completely in chocolate.


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msorensson 7 years ago

Great article. A pity for anyone to have allergies.

Thank you,

Melinda


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Strawberry jam: Take a quantity of strawberries.

Wash and hull them.

 Mash them, - I give them them a quick zap in a food processor.

Measure the result and put in a preferably stainless steel pot with around five times or more the capacity of the strawberry pulp. bring to the boil and simmer for around ten minutes, stirring.

Add about the same quantity of sugar and crank up the heat.

Keep at a rolling boil stirring continuously to stop sticking. (Use a wooden spoon if you can.) The jam will froth up - hence the larger pot-, then settle back, and after a while the boiling sound will alter as it sets. (Takes me around ten minutes or less - plenty of heat.) Check for set and bottle in pre-heated sterilised jars.

BTW, saying that people aren't allergic to strawberries, just the effect they have on other alergies is like saying being shot doesn't hurt you, its the hole the bullet makes that does. (Just being picky)

Cheers, TOF


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I believe that the strawberries are going to be a little late this year as its been colder then usual. If anyone needed an excuse to eat them you have given it to them in your great hub. I can hardly wait for them to be ripe so I can pick and eat---eat---and eat some more, yum.

regards Zsuzsy


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You are very welcome, Gypsy Willow. I hope you enjoy them...lots and lots of them. Thanks for reading!

Freida, I'm sorry to hear that your son has a sensitivity (is that the right way to say it?) to strawberries but I'm glad that you can eat them. I've never really needed an excuse but it's nice to know that they're doing even more for me than I thought they were. :) Enjoy strawberry season and thanks for shedding some more light on the allergies.

Ohhh, Dottie! Chocolate covered strawberries AND chocolate strawberry martini?? Sweet! :) I think you've figured me out, I'll be right there! Haha, I wish. You and Tracey please have a couple for me, will ya? Of each. Did the berries come from your garden? Thanks for the hub love, Dottie Angel!

lxxy! Yeah, I know. It's been a while since I've done one just because. Felt good! Hey, I haven't tried to listen to your newest broadcast yet. I hope that I can this time, the last one I couldn't listen to. :( Well, enjoy the chocolate factory and thanks for dropping in! I have to go update the HubMob hub, now.

Hi, Melinda. I agree with you, it sucks to have a strawberry allergy! I would hate that. Thanks for reading and commenting, Melinda.

Hey, TOF, thanks for the jam recipe! Would you be amenable to my putting it in hub? With your name/link credited, of course.

Zsuzsy Bee, always a pleasure to see you! You know, the weather in this area has been screwy. May was hot and June, so far, has been wet and cool. I don't like the cold, I want the heat back. I hope it doesn't make the strawberries tough or keep them from ripening properly. That would be a shame. Tell ya what, which ever one of us spots a local stand first, tell the other one. Thanks for commenting, Zsuzs!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Sure thing Shirley, help yourself. It's a good base recipe for most jams, just subsitute what your using for strawberries.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, TOF! I'll be back to take care of that some time today. Appreciate it very much!


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

My patch is just sitting there looking green and the birds and critters are snacking at them. The cold and now rain is cause for concern. Might have to rely on the stands here too. I always freeze a bunch for smoothies. This hub has info I was not aware of, thumbs up to you Shirley.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, CS. Oh-oh, are there going to be any berries left for you? Cold and wet is a concern. Sounds like you may have to put straw down.

Strawberry smoothies sound great! Don't think I've ever had one.

Thanks so much for the thumbs up and for coming by to read, CS.


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

It's all good =) Thanks for being interested!


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

strawberries are good for the brain, as are all berries and they taste good too, and make pretty pictures, obviously they appeal to a lot of folks here Shirley


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Nicole Winter 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

Hey, thanks for the awesome hub, Shirley Anderson! I never knew strawberries were this good for you. One word, if you still haven't tried chocolate covered strawberries, you gotta try it. Most major chain grocery stores sell "dipping" chocolate, that and a basket of berries is all you need! Kudos!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Everyone. Sorry I'm so tardy in responding to comments! I've been away with my sisters for a few days.

Always, lxxy! :)

Geez, Katy. I need to eat more of them if they're good for the brain. I can use all the help I can get. :) You're right, they do make pretty pictures!

Hi, Nicole. Thank-you for dropping by. Oh, you're right, I do need to try those chocolate covered strawberries! They sound so decadently delicious!

Thanks for the comments, lxxy, Katy and Nicole!


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Lgali 7 years ago

Great article I love everything with Strawberry.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Lgali. I love strawberry everything, too. A really, really good strawberry milkshake or shortcake, especially.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I didn't know one could allergies with strawberries..I'm learning something new. Good thing I don't get allergies coz I love strawberries! LOL


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good hub about a wonderful tasting and appearing fruit. I was unaware that white strawberries exist so learned something new. Thanks! Off to purchase more tomorrow!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm glad that you're not allergic too, Michelle! It means that you get to enjoy delicious strawberries.

Peggy, I've seen white strawberries but I think that they were just unripened red ones. :) Apparently, whatever gives the berry its beautiful red colouring is the culprit when it comes to allergies....who knew? Isn't it nice to know that there are verifiable reasons to eat and use even more strawberries - as if we needed a reason.

Thanks for your comments, ladies! Always nice to see you both.


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A2JinMI 7 years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Perfect post for strawberry season!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, A2JinMl. I appreciate you coming by.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love strawberries! I didn't know they had so many health benefits. Thanks for sharing!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh yes, Habee! Unless you're allergic, they are terrific for you.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.


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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I absolutely love strawberries. When I was little we would go to the fields to pick them. I spent more time sitting and stuffing my mouth with them then putting them in the buckets.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

That's the problem with picking wild fruit, RG. It's soooo good that it never makes it home.

When I was nine, I spent a summer picking strawberries for a farmer for 9 cents a quart. Not many got turned in for the same reason - I ate about half of everything I picked. :)

If you think the big ones take a long time to harvest, try the tiny wild strawberries. We kids used to get those. Tasted yummy but took forever to pick a handful.

Thanks for your visit, RG!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

My daughter started a patch of strawberries a few years ago and they are doing great. This is a great hub, I shared it with her and we give it Rate Up! Thanks and Peace:)


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

How nice, Katie! Fresh strawberries from you own garden, it doesn't get any fresher than that.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, sharing and rating! I really appreciate it.


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revitawellness 6 years ago from Mecklenburg

Hey amazing Hub, I didn't know that strawberries had these benefits.Thanks for sharing :)


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Revitawellness, for coming by and commenting.


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vivekananda 6 years ago from India

Well written. I didn't know that it had so much of Vitamin C content in it. Thanks for the useful information on strawberry.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank-you, Vivekananda! Yeah, you can enjoy those strawberries and get your vitamins, too. Isn't it nice when the two come together like that?


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

I love strawberries and I always have them about at least one day a week A great hub. Thanks for sharing.


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Shirley Anderson 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Me too, Rhonda! I like 'em right out of the basket, on shortcake, under whipped cream, on top of ice cream....*slurrrpp* Now, I'm hungry.

Having them on a regular basis is excellent, Rhonda! You must eat them frozen during the winter months, or perhaps you're able to get fresh ones year round?

Thanks so much for dropping in to read and comment!


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I try to count my blessings - one of life's small blessings is that I am NOT allergic to strawberries.

They are so good - obviously full of health benefits, but mainly just plain good.

I liked them best when I picked them straight from the plant in my mother's garden - and into my mouth.

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