More than 10 benefits of Strawberry
The juicy heart-shaped delight – strawberry is one of the most popular berry fruits in the world. It is called the queen of fruits in Asian countries because it is packed with health benefits. Strawberries have red flesh and seeded coat together with small, regal, leafy green caps and stems that adorn their crowns. Strawberries have been enjoyed since the Roman times. Hundreds of varieties of strawberries exist in the world due to crossbreeding techniques.
Strawberry is a member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family. It goes by the scientific name of Fragaria x ananassa. The letter x in its name indicates that it is a hybrid origin.
According to the USDA National Nutrient database, 100g strawberry contains 32Kcal energy, 7.7g carbohydrates, 0.67g protein, 0.30g total fat, 2.0g dietry fiber, 24µg folates, 0.386mg niacin, 0.125mg pantothenic acid, 0.047mg pyridoxine, 0.022mg riboflavin, 12IU vitamin A, 58.8mg vitamin C, 0.29mg vitamin E, 2.2µg vitamin K, 1mg sodium, 153mg potassium, 16mg calcium, 0.41mg iron, 13mg magnesium, 0.386mg manganese, 0.14mg zinc, 7µg carotene-β, 26µg lutein-zeaxanthin.
The antioxidant properties in strawberries help to prevent cataracts. Vitamin C in strawberries plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.
The red colouring of strawberries contains anthocyanins which stimulate the burning of stored fat. It is mentioned in ‘The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry’ that a group of animals those eat a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins gained 24% less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without anthocyanins.
Strawberries help to fight against cancer. Vitamin C can help with cancer prevention. Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are scavengers to free radicals and neutralize the potentially negative effect they can have on our cells.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best defenses against type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Strawberries helps in weight management as they contain low calories. The compound nitrate promotes blood and oxygen flow in our body which is great for weight loss.
Strawberries contains potassium, vitamin K and magnesium. These are playing vital role for bone health.
Strawberries have anti-aging properties. They are filled with biotin. Biotin helps to build strong hair and nails. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid. This antioxidant protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.
Flavonoids are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries. This flavonoids lower the risk for heart disease.
Strawberries promote pre-natal health. They contain folate which is necessary in the early stages of pregnancy. It helps in the development of the baby’s brain, skull and spinal cord.
100g strawberries contain about 2.0g dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is necessary for healthy digestion. Constipation and diverticulitis can be solved by eating strawberries regularly.
Potassium is a heart healthy nutrients. It exists in strawberries. This potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and may even help to lower high blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a signal of inflammation in the body. Strawberries help to lower blood levels of CRP. According to the study of Harvard School of Public Health, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14% less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C which is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. So eat strawberries and boost immunity.
Remain healthy by eating a small, low-lying shrub – strawberry – once or twice in a day.