Health Benefits Of Strawberries

Published 5/14/13

What Is A Strawberry?

Strawberries, also known as the garden strawberry, are an immensely popular hybrid fruit grown around the world. Originally cultivate in France during the 1700’s, strawberries have become extremely popular due to its rich red color, sweet flavor, and unique aroma. Strawberries can be consumed by themselves raw or as a preserve, fruit juice, fruit jam, fruit pie, and in fruit salads, milkshakes, and ice cream.

Strawberry Nutrition

Strawberries are nutritional powerhouse. One cup of strawberries, roughly 152-grams worth, contains 90-milligrams of vitamin C (more than an orange), 20-milligrams of manganese, 235-milligrams of potassium, 0.6-milligrams of magnesium, and 3-grams of dietary fiber while only containing 50 calories. Besides the vitamins and minerals that strawberries contain, they are also jam-packed full of the polyphenol antioxidants and are actually ranked in the top 20 fruits in regards to antioxidant capacity.

Strawberry Benefits

The high antioxidant capacity of strawberries provides several benefits that can produce better overall health. These benefits include cancer prevention, improved heart health, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Strawberries contain high levels of antioxidants, including polyphenols and anthocyanins, which are anti-carcinogenic. These antioxidants destroy dangerous free radicals. These free radicals can attach to destroy health cells causing permanent damage to the heart and can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as oral, colon, and prostrate cancer. Strawberries also help the body of people suffering from hyperlipidemia to be able to control cholesterol levels while also decreasing the amount of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. Strawberries are also know to prevent atherosclerosis, a health condition characterized by the arteries becoming hardened that leads to high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels, by preventing plaque from being able to adhere to the artery walls. 

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