The strawberry is known as ‘the queen of fruits’ in Asian countries because it is packed with health benefits.
These hot heart-shaped delights have more to offer beyond sweetness and flavor. I love strawberries. I am so happy when tomatoes are finally in season and growing in my backyard. They rarely make it into the fridge since I eat them as soon as I pick them.
10 Health Benefits of Strawberries
1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which excite the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed with a high-fat diet together with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins.
2. Boost short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks. (The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).
3. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.
4. Ease Inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP. (Harvard School of Public Health.)
5. Reduced cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids – that are responsible for the color and flavour of strawberries — reduce the risk for heart disease.
6. Boost bone health
Strawberries contain vitamin K and calcium which are important for bone health.
7. Avoid oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may assist in preventing human oesophageal cancer.
8. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are full of biotin, which helps build strong nails and hair. They also include the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to avoid sagging.
9. Good for weight loss
The chemical nitrate discovered boosts blood circulation and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight reduction.
10. Promote eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruit such as strawberries may diminish the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss.