|Do you realize the health benefits of strawberries and
how it help many of us in a number of different ways?
We will be well rewarded with health benefits whether
we eat them fresh, dried, or frozen all year long. Everyone of us knows
how good they taste but they are also very nutritious so we should try
to enjoy them as often as we can. By the way, I once tried the Korean
strawberries when I was visiting the country and really love their juiciness.
It has been recommended that
everyone should eat at least five helpings of fresh fruits and vegetables
daily, it is most unfortunate that many of us do not eat anywhere
near that amount. Wouldn't it be nice if we would add fresh strawberries,
or frozen, to our salads, cereals, or smoothies as often as possible; we
might consume enough fruit servings daily to help our bodies maintain a
healthy immune system. Many of us know that the strawberry has a sweet
taste but do we realize the nutritional value of strawberries? Like many
of our other fruits, the strawberry has plenty of nutrients and antioxidants
to maintain a healthy body. The calories of strawberries are extremely
low and are better to eat than pies, cookies, or cupcakes for snacks.
Strawberries contain vitamin
C along with significant amounts of phytonutrients and antioxidants that
fight free radicals. Some of you are probably wondering what
are free radicals? Well, free radicals are elements that may cause damage
to our cells, and are believed to influence the formation of many types
of cancer. Strawberries have a phytonutrient that is called phenol which
is believed to protect the cells and prevent damage to our organs. Strawberries,
because they are rich in phenols, help prevent cancer and protect the heart
and lower inflammation.
Strawberries are also a great
source of Vitamin K and manganese along with riboflavin, potassium, Vitamin
B5 and 6, folic acid, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, anVd copper and iodine.
They are a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B1, biotin and pantothenic
Our eyes benefit from carrots
but also from strawberries. Eating three or more helpings of
fruit daily has been linked to decreasing the risk of macular degeneration
which is usually related to aging. This particular vision problem is considered
to be the top cause of sight loss. Some of us with busy schedules think
that having three servings a day of fruit is too much. Strawberries are
so adaptable they will compliment a salad, mix with cereal, blend in smoothies
and become a topping for yogurt. We do not always have to eat strawberries;
we can eat any type of fruit we want.
Some of the other health benefits
include protection against rheumatoid arthritis. Foods that
are high in vitamin-C may protect us from degenerative arthritis, including
polyarthritis. Polyarthritis is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. But some
studies say that too much vitamin C is not good for us. There is one that
says osteoarthritis may even get worse with a high level of vitamin C.
Phenol - A phytonutrient that is believed to protect cells
and prevent organ system damage.