Everyone knows that strawberries are wonderfully and satisfyingly delicious. But did you know the nutritional power that they also have? One cup of these berries contains over 13% of the RDA of dietary fiber that can help in digestion and lower your blood pressure, but only contains 43 calories. Strawberries also contain Vitamin C which as we well know is a effective antioxidant that can help in bringing down your blood pressure, help you keep a healthy immune system and fend off the development of the age related ocular disease like cataracts.
One cup of strawberries also contains 21% manganese which is a important nutrient that can act as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Manganese not only helps in the fight against free radicals and oxidative stress but can also lower cellular inflammation which is another cause for numerous cardiovascular diseases. This adds up to good bone health where manganese can assist along with potassium, vitamin K (which strawberries also have), in bone building and maintaining proper bone structure.
Strawberries contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that are well known in fending off different forms of cancer, which is all due to the Vitamin C, flavonoids, folatem kaempferol quercetin that they also contain. One could say that strawberries can be a refreshingly delicious defense against potential cancerous cells.
And what do strawberries attribute their red color to? Strawberries contain a chemical named Anthocyanin which is a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries. It has been documented that when foods rich in Anthocyanin are consumed the body’s uric acid levels increase, and this in case serves as an antioxidant agent.
Strawberries contain a chemical compound called phenols. Anthocyanin, a particular phenol abundantly found in strawberries, lends the rich red color to the fruit. Though anthocyanin is known to have antioxidant properties within the fruit, it is debated as to whether the antioxidant agents in anthocyanin-rich foods can be absorbed into the body once digested. Fortunately, however, it is known that when anthocyanin-rich foods are consumed, the body’s uric acid levels increase, which also serves as an antioxidant agent.
As we can well see strawberries are not only a tasty treat but can also help us living a longer and healthier life. So go ahead and add more strawberries to your diet if you’re not already a fan.
Give this strawberry smoothie recipe a try and get healthy:
½ cup ripe bananas
½ cup fresh strawberries
¾ cup milk
1 tbls, sugar
½ cup ice
Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds in a blender and pour into a tall glass.