There’s nothing more inviting than a bowl of fresh, plump, juicy, and sweet strawberries. They are just too yummy to resist. I did not set out to grow strawberries, but my neighbor did. The strawberry runners snuck under the fence, and now I have a scrumptious crop. Aside from their divine taste, strawberries have a multitude of health benefits.
This gorgeous heart shaped fruit is a heavenly gift. Compared to many other fruits, strawberries are very high in nutrients. They contain potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium which are essential for bone health.
Strawberries are very high in vitamin C, which is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful and fast working antioxidant. They also contain several other properties that promote health: ellagic acid, which has been shown to suppress cancer cell growth, and lutein and zeathancins that act as scavengers, neutralizing, controlling and destroying pathogenic organisms that cross their path.
Vitamin C is vital for producing collagen which keeps our skin supple, smooth, youthful, healthier and wrinkle free. Ellagic acid has also been found to prevent inflammation and collagen destruction. Vitamin C is known to perform many critical functions within the body involving detoxification, tissue building, and pain control. It’s also known to be profoundly helpful in healing wounds, fighting infections, stress control, toxic exposure, and repairing damaged tissue of all types.
Strawberries promote eye health. Their antioxidant properties may help prevent cataracts, which can lead to blindness in older age. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.
Strawberries are a good source of folate which plays an important role in DNA synthesis and repair. They have ample copper, which promotes proper growth of the body, efficient utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, as well as improved health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes. They are also high in fiber which makes you feel fuller, prevents sugars from spiking, aids in weight management, and promotes healthy digestion.
Strawberries taste so awesome on their own, but they will perk up any recipe. They can be added to parfaits, sauces, salads, smoothies, juices, pies, cakes, tarts, salsas, ice cream, on pizza, jams, and even in a peanut butter sandwich. Strawberries are so versatile and life would be so boring without them. I absolutely love them!