7 reasons you should eat strawberries
1. Strengthen the immune system
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. One cup of sliced strawberries contains 51.5mg of vitamin C, about half the daily needs of the body. So, with only two cups of strawberries, you might get 100% of the vitamin C. Vitamin C is a substance that enhances immunity and is a powerful antioxidant. In 2010, a study carried out by the University of California, Los Angeles found that antioxidant capacity in strawberries became biologically available and ready to work in the blood after eating in just a few weeks.
2. Protect eyes
Antioxidant properties in strawberries can help prevent cataracts which leads to blindness in older people.
3. Prevent cancer
Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that can help prevent cancer. It is reported that ellagic acid found in strawberries is also capable of preventing cancer. Also, ellagic acid has been shown to have an anti-cancer effect by suppressing the growth of cancer cells.
4. Prevent wrinkles
The ability of vitamin C in strawberries is also reflected in the production of collagen. The amount of collagen will disappear as people get older, so consuming foods which are rich in vitamin C can help keep our skin healthy and fresh.
Researchers at Hallym University, South Korea have concluded that ellagic acid has the potential to prevent the damage of collagen and prevent inflammation. These are two major factors in the development of wrinkles on human skin cells after the skin is exposed continuously and damaged by UVB rays.
5. Reduce inflammation
Antioxidants found in strawberries can reduce inflammation which leads to arthritis and heart disease. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ate 16 or more berries a day or more a week can reduce inflammation by about 14%.
6. Adjust blood pressure
Potassium is still considered a useful nutrient for the heart. A cup of strawberries contains 134mg of potassium. Potassium can help regulate blood pressure, and assist in lowering blood pressure. The effects of strawberries on lowering harmful LDL cholesterol, and high blood pressure help strawberries be rated on the list of healthy foods people should eat.
7. Keep a healthy weight
Keeping a healthy weight is considered as one of the best ways to prevent diabetes and heart disease. Strawberries contain very low calorie (about 28 Kcal per cup). Also, strawberries contain no fat, low sodium and sugar. The strawberries do not contain natural sugars, although the total sugar intake for each ration is almost at a very low level, about 4g.
By: Alan Smith