Strawberry is one of the most delicious and nutritious fruits. Science suggests the pigments that make up the red color in many fruits and vegetables like strawberries are powerful disease-fighting antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation associated with hardening of the arteries and reduce certain risk factors for heart disease.
High Blood Pressure: Strawberries are very high in potassium and magnesium content, both of which are very effective in lowering high blood pressure caused by sodium.
Heart Diseases: High fiber, Folate, no fats and high anti oxidants such as vitamin C and those phytochemicals (Flavonoids) together effectively reduce cholesterol. Some of the members of the vitamin-B family present in strawberries also strengthen the cardiac muscles and help to better functioning of the heart.
Cancer: Vitamin-C, Folate and Anthocyanin, Quercetin and Kaempferol (few of the many Flavonoids in strawberries which possess excellent antioxidant and anti carcinogenic properties) together fight cancer and tumors. A daily intake of strawberries is seen to have remarkably brought down the growth of cancerous cells.
Brain Function: Strawberries are rich in iodine too, which is very helpful for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
Eye Care: The antioxidants such as vitamin C, Flavonoids, Phenolic Phytochemicals and Elagic Acid, present in strawberries can help avoid damage from harmful oxidants or free radicals to a great extent. One more factor is ocular pressure, i.e. the pressure of the eyes. Strawberries are helpful, as they contain potassium, which helps maintain the correct eye pressure.
Arthritis and Gout: The degeneration of muscles and tissues, drying up of the fluid which help mobility of the joints and accumulation of toxic substances and acids (such as uric acid) in the body are some of the ill effects of free radicals present in our body. They are primarily responsible for Arthritis and Gout. Strawberries, with their team of antioxidants and detoxifiers, can effectively help push away such health hazards.
Other Benefits: Strawberries are a rich source of folic acid. Folic acid helps to prevent/reduce birth defects. Vitamin C effectively prevents infections and colds. The phytonutrients also have anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries also have the ability to remove harmful toxins in the blood and are also recommended for sluggish liver, gout, rheumatism, constipation, high blood pressure, cataracks and even skin cancer.