Strawberries, illustration, Photo: Zorana Jevtic
Strawberries are fragrant red fruits, first mentioned about 2,000 years ago. Apart from being great aromas, strawberries are extremely healthy and can prevent the onset of various diseases. If you are not allergic, there's no reason not to start consuming this lovely fruit, which is fresh and healthier at this time.
Elaginic acid is present in red fruits and berry fruits, including raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and cranberries. Research has shown that strawberry consumption can prevent the development of breast, esophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer. More precisely, elaginic acids prevent the spread of cancer cells and can bind to cancer cells that prevent their negative effects.
Strawberries are the fourth in the fruit, when it comes to levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals associated with premature aging and various diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Antioxidants positively affect neurodegenerative diseases because they prevent premature aging of the brain cells.
Strawberries improve blood vessel health, positively affect platelets and lipoproteins, which can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
They are a great source of vitamin C that improves the health of the arteries and adrenal glands, which is vitamin C necessary for proper functioning. You may be surprised by the fact that only eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than orange. One strawberry cup contains 51.2 mg vitamin C, which is half the recommended daily dose.
Antioxidant properties of strawberries reduce the risk of cataract, which can cause blindness. Eyes need vitamin C for protection against UV radiation. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the cornea and retina. Although some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C can increase the risk of cataracts, scientists claim that this applies to vitamin C that comes from dietary supplements rather than vitamin C, which comes from fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C is needed for the body to produce collagen, which improves the elasticity and resistance of the skin. As the production of collagen reduces aging, consumption of vitamin-rich foods is essential so that the skin is young and healthy. In addition to vitamin C, elaginic acid is also excellent in preventing premature pine formation. In other words, strawberries contain two powerful fighters against premature signs of aging.
According to research, heart disease is the most common cause of death. Fortunately, strawberries contain elastoic acid and flavonoids that positively affect the health of the entire cardiovascular system. They reduce the level of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, which leads to clogging of the arteries. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, which significantly improve heart health.
In one portion of strawberries there is 134 mg of potassium that regulates blood pressure and acts as a protection against the negative effect of sodium. Strawberries belong to the hearts of the healthiest foods.
The fibers are essential for the health of the digestive system, and strawberries in one portion contain 2 g of fiber. If you do not get enough fiber in your body, there may be constipation and inflammation of the intestine, which affects almost 50% of people over 60 years of age. The fibers are excellent for preventing type 2 diabetes because they slow down the absorption of blood glucose.
Losing weight is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Strawberries are low calorie, contain only 28 calories per serving, do not contain fat and have low levels of sodium and sugar. Strawberries contain natural sugars, but they have little, 4g per serving, and the total amount of carbohydrates is equal to half the bread slice. Eat 1.5 glasses of strawberries and make significantly less calories than snacks
Folic acid is recommended for all women who want to get pregnant, as well as those who are already pregnant. Strawberries in one portion contain 21 mc of folic acid, which is important for the development of the child and the prevention of the occurrence of various disorders.