Strawberry is a sweet, red heart shaped fruit that is much loved for its delicious taste and nutritional benefits. Strawberry is packed with the following vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus. Strawberry is low in calories, contains dietary fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Despite its name strawberry is not berry from a botanical standpoint. It is an aggregate accessory fruit whose flesh part cannot be gotten from it ovaries. Rather each visible seed covering outside is borne from one of the ovaries of the flower.
Strawberry Health Benefits
(1) Prevent Constipation
Strawberry contain moderate fiber content and high in water content which can help to hydrate the body, boost digestion, maintain regular bowel movement and minimizing constipation as well as adding bulk to stool.
(2) Help in Weight Loss
Strawberry is low in sugar, fat free and naturally low in calories. It boost the production of adiponectin and leptin both of them are hormones which burns fat of which help in weight loss.
(3) Eye Health
The antioxidants in strawberry prevent cataracts (the clouding over the eyes, degeneration of the optic nerve, macular degeneration , vision defects and increased suceptibility to infections. Vitamin C in strawberry help in strengthening the eyes cornea and retina. Our eyes needs vitamin C to protect them from the exposure to free radicals from the sun harsh ultraviolet Ray’s which can damage protein in the lens. Vitamin C also help in repairing the tissues in the eye.
(4) Boost Immunity
It contains phytochemicals known as ellagic acid that inhibit tumor growth. Powerful antioxidants in strawberry may fight free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body as well as reducing the risk of some people developing cancer.
(6) Relief from Arthritis and Gout
Strawberry prevent the symptoms of arthritis such as muscles and tissues degeneration, drying up of the lubricating fluids in the joints and deposition of toxic substances as well as uric acid in the body. They contain several antioxidants and detoxifiers that aid in the reduction of gout pain and arthritis.
(7) Blood Pressure
As a result of high potassium, magnesium and calcium content normalize high blood pressure by assisting to counter the effect of high sodium in the body.
(8) Bone Health
It contains both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that may fight osteoporosis. In fact, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin K which help to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
(9) Management of Diabetes
Moderate consumption of strawberries can help in the management of diabetes. Fibres help in the regulation of type-2 diabetes by slowing the absorption of glucose in the blood stream and prevent highs and lows associated with diabetes.
However, strawberry leaves can also be eaten raw or cooked. You can take antioxidants strawberry rich tea. Strawberries are available in fresh, frozen, freeze-dried, in jellies, syrup and jams. People who want to eat strawberry should check the label of the frozen and dried strawberries for added sugar. When you want to consume jellies or jams, you can choose all fruit spread which do not contain added sweetness and fillers.
Risk and Precautions
While strawberry are a healthful inclusion to any diet, it must be consumed in moderation. Consumption of foods or drinks that contain excess potassium can be dangerous to people who have issues or problems with their kidneys. If the kidneys cannot remove potassium from the blood , it can result in to heart palpitations, vomiting and breathing difficulties.
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of dietician or medical professional is urgently needed.