Natural Food Energy | The heart-shaped strawberry fruit is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients. Know about the amazing health benefits of strawberries.
These favorite berries have been popular throughout the ages and were prized for their therapeutic properties in ancient Rome. Strawberries enhance liver and gallbladder functions and are a traditional remedy for treating gout, arthritis and kidney stones.
One of the delights of summer, strawberries is full of disease-fighting and age-defying nutrients. Packed with vitamin C, an average serving of strawberries gives twice the recommended daily adult intake of this immunity-boosting vitamin.
Try fresh strawberries with a pinch of pep per for a novel taste with a sharp edge. The vitamin C in strawberries is essential for the manufacture of collagen – a protein that helps to maintain the structure of the skin, keeping it elastic and young-looking.
Vitamin C also plays an important role in healing wounds and can ward off gingivitis, the gum disease that affects three out of four adults. It can also help to dissolve tartarous incrustations on the teeth.
Strawberries contain ellagic acid, a phytochemical shown to help fight cancer and destroy some of the toxins in cigarette smoke and polluted air.
Their B-vitamin content makes them useful for supporting the nervous system and fighting stress-related conditions, as well as building resistance to disease, while their high iron content makes them therapeutic for anemia and fatigue.
The berries are rich in fiber for a healthy heart and digestive system. Strawberries also have a mild laxative effect and may help to regenerate intestinal flora.
Strawberry Nutrition Facts
Strawberries have many Nutrients!
Vitamins: B2, B3, B5, B6, C, K, folic acid; copper, iron, magnesium, MANGANESE, IODINE, POTASSIUM; FLAVONOIDS; FIBRE; OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS; ELLAGIC ACID
The Main Nutrients in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw Strawberries are
- Calories: 31
- Fat: 0.3 gram
- Water: 90%
- Protein: 0.7 grams
- Sugar: 4.9 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
Strawberry Health Benefits
- BLOOD-SUGAR BALANCING
- GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
- GOOD FOR HAIR, TEETH, AND NAILS
- GOOD FOR THE SKIN
- GOOD FOR THE EYES
- GOOD FOR THE HEART
- GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
- GOOD FOR THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
- GOOD FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Simple Strawberry Recipes
STRAWBERRY AND RICOTTA SPREAD
- 150g/5 ½ oz/l cup strawberries, hulled
- 2 limes
- 2 tsp icing sugar
- 100g/3oz/scant ½ cup ricotta cheese
- Cinnamon bagels, to serve
Mash the strawberries with a fork and grate the zest of the limes. Add the icing sugar and the lime zest and stir well into the ricotta cheese to form a smooth mixture. Spread over toasted cinnamon bagels for a delicious breakfast treat.
GRILLED FRUIT KEBABS
- 3 kiwifruit, peeled
- ½ pineapple, peeled and cored
- 3 bananas
- 16 strawberries
- 6 tbsp pineapple juice
- 2 tbsp agave syrup or clear honey
Cut the kiwis, pineapple, and bananas into 2.5cm/1in cubes. Thread alternate pieces of the cut-up fruit and strawberries onto wooden skewers. Combine the pineapple juice and agave syrup or honey in a bowl and use it to brush the kebabs. Then, place them under a grill for about 6 minutes, turning frequently.
- 150g/5 ½ Oz/ 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 small pot plain bio-yogurt
- 150ml/5fl oz/scant ⅔ cup unsweetened soya milk
- Mint leaves, to decorate
Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Serve in tall glasses topped with mint leaves.