Strawberries are sometimes called a fruit of love as they have heart-like shape and are red in color. The heart shaped berries have unique taste that ranges from quite sweet to a little tart.
Apart from its delicious taste, strawberries also contain many important nutrients - like vitamin C, folate, potassium and magnesium – which are necessary for optimal health.
In addition the conventional nutrients, strawberries are also rich in phytonutrients such as flavonoids, ellagitannins and ellagic acid which are known for their antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties. The following are some incredible health benefits of strawberries.
1. Fight cancer
Strawberries contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that fight free radicals which can damage cells and contribute to certain cancers. These phytonutrients have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries are one of the best cancer-fighting foods.
2. Anti aging properties
In addition to the antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects, strawberry also has anti aging properties. The nutrients present in strawberries delay the effects of age related loss of cognitive and motor skills.
3. Promote eye health
The antioxidant properties present in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts which can lead to blindness in older age.
4. Cardiovascular benefits
Strawberries contain high levels of dietary flavonoids which have been shown to have cardiovascular benefits. According to a new study, women who ate three or more servings of flavonoids-rich diet, like blueberries and strawberries, per week cut their risk of a heart attack by over one-third. Some of the members of B vitamins family, like folate and potassium, found in strawberries also strengthen the cardiac muscles and help better functioning of the heart.
5. Maintain Bone and teeth health
Strawberries contain potassium, magnesium and vitamin K - all important nutrients for optimal bone and teeth health.