5 Health Benefits of Strawberries

If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Strawberries are among the most popular berries consumed worldwide. Strawberries are called ‘the queen of fruits’ in Asian countries because it’s packed with health benefits. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you. Listed below are 5 reasons you should have strawberries in your diet.

 

 

1. Cardiovascular Health:

Strawberries are amazing for heart health. They contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which improve heart health through their antioxidant effects. They also counteract the effects of low-density lipoprotein or LDL (the bad cholesterol in our blood which causes plaque build-up in the arteries), thus lowering the risk of heart disease.

2. Weight Loss:

Strawberries are low in sugar, calories, sodium, and are fat-free. The natural sugars contained in strawberries are  4 grams per serving. They also contain nitrates which promote blood flow and oxygen throughout the body, resulting in weight loss. Nitrates also prevent fatigue in muscles after a  workout.

3. Pre-natal Health:

Strawberries are a good source of folate, a B vitamin required by pregnant women or those trying to conceive. Folate is vital in the early stages of pregnancy for the development of the baby’s brain, skull, spinal cord, and for the prevention of certain birth defects.

4. Anti-ageing:

Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C which is involved in the production of collagen. By fighting the free radicals, it provides anti-aging benefits, thereby reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and minimizing blemishes.

5. Cancer Prevention:

Vitamin C in strawberries helps in cancer prevention by boosting our immunity. They also contain a phytochemical called ellagic acid which has anti-cancer properties that suppress cancer cell growth.