The humble strawberries’ many health benefits.
Nothing is more synonymous with Christmas in New Zealand and Australia than the strawberry. Red, juicy and delicious, the small humble fruit is a regular at the celebration table, whether on a pavlova, in a salad or cake, or simply sitting solo. With strawberry season rapidly approaching, we decided to unpack some of the many health benefits this refreshing berry carries.
A healthy heart
With a high fibre content, no fats and plenty of antioxidants, strawberries reduce cholesterol in the heart’s vessels and arteries. The presence of vitamin B promotes heart function by strengthening the cardiac muscles.
Like many other fruits, strawberries are abundant in vitamin C, which helps the immune system function efficiently. Just one serving of strawberries contains close to 150% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
Eyes on the prize
The high amount of vitamin C in strawberries also works to prevent eye damage. Vitamin C protects the eyes from free radicals generated by UV rays, which harm the eye’s protein levels. In addition, vitamin C helps strengthen and protect the retina and cornea.
The pain caused by the debilitating disease arthritis can be countered with strawberries. High in antioxidants and detoxifiers, strawberries relieve the aches associated with this condition. The berries’ anti-inflammatory properties also help to ease the pain.
Vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen, which enhances the skin’s smoothness and strength. Collagen levels decrease as we age, so ingesting foods that are high in vitamin C, like strawberries, can help maintain healthy, radiant skin. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which prevents the destruction of collagen.
Blood pressure moderation
With approximately 134mg of potassium per serving, strawberries help regulate blood pressure and ward off the negative effects of sodium. Strawberries are also rich in fibre, which promotes low blood pressure.