Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fibre. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended quantity of vitamin C, for only 50 calories. This nutritional powerhouse also contains the mighty antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol, which have all been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer.
Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams)
- Calories: 50
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbohydrates: 11.65 grams
- Dietary fibre: 3.81 grams
- Calcium: 23.24 milligrams
- Iron: 0.63 milligrams
- Magnesium: 16.60 milligrams
- Phosphorus: 31.54 milligrams
- Potassium: 44.82 milligrams
- Selenium: 1.16 milligrams
- Vitamin C: 94.12 milligrams
- Folate: 29.38 micrograms
- Vitamin A: 44.82 international units
Health benefits of Strawberries-
- Boost immunity
- Contains Vitamin C
- The antioxidant properties in strawberries may help to prevent cataracts
- Strawberries help fight cancer as it has ellagic acid which has been shown to yield anti-cancer properties like suppressing cancer cell growth
- Strawberries contain antioxidants lutein and zeathancins. Antioxidants are scavengers to free-radicals and neutralize the potentially negative effect they can have on our cells
- Helps fight wrinkles
- Helps fight bad cholesterol
- Reduces inflammation- The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease
- Contains potassium which can help regulate blood pressure and may even help to lower high blood pressureby acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium.
- Contains fibre and iodine
- Strawberries are naturally low calorie, fat-free and low in both sodium and sugar
- Maintains a healthy weight
- Contains folate which assists women who are pregnant or trying to conceive
- Excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese.
- Strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
- A Harvard study found that regular consumption of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids found in berries, can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 32 percent in young and middle-aged women. Women who consumed at least three servings of strawberries or blueberries per week fared best
- Eating strawberries help lower homocysteine levels, an amino acid in the blood associated with damaging the inner lining of arteries
- The antioxidants quercetin, kaempferol, and anthocyanins have all been shown to reduce the formation of harmful blood clots associated with strokes. High potassium intake has also been linked with a reduced risk of stroke
- Helps with constipation due to high water content and fibre, which can help keep you hydrated and your bowel movements regular.
- Consuming strawberries may help to alleviate symptoms of allergies, including runny nose, watery eyes, and hives;
- Strawberries are a low glycemic index food and high in fibre, which helps to regulate blood sugar and keep it stable by avoiding extreme highs and lows. Great for diabetics
- Researchers discovered in 2011 that eating about 37 strawberries a day can significantly reduce diabetic complications such as kidney disease and neuropathy.
- Helps with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain.