Strawberry season is upon us – our supermarket shelves and local farmers markets are stacked full of this brightly coloured fruity red berry that is so representative of the British summer, but what makes this delicious fruit so healthy?
Here are 5 reasons and a healthy tip!
The average diet falls short on fiber and one should be eating between 20 to 35 grams each day. Fiber is crucial for the function of your digestive system and a regular intake of fiber might cut your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
One cup of strawberries contains an incredible 136% of the RDA of vitamin C, an effective antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure and ensure a healthy immune system.
Bones and Hormones
If you’re concerned about bone health, strawberries are an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is essential for maintaining healthy bone structure, absorbing calcium, creating enzymes that build bone and a host of other benefits, including proper functioning of your sex hormones.
The phenols in strawberries also ﬁght against many inﬂammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis and asthma, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the same way that the drugs aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry the unwanted side effects that drugs do!
They contain free-radical fighting compounds called anthocyanins. These pigments are anti-carcinogenic and berries that have a deep red colour like strawberries tend to be high in these compounds.
Like all fruit, strawberries do contain sugar, albeit natural sugar. But if you’re trying to keep your sugar levels in check, try eating a handful of nuts at the same time – or better still make your own nut cream, It’s like having strawberries and cream, only healthier!
Cashews work really well for this. All you need to do is soak the nuts in filtered water for about 8 hrs but overnight is best, drain then add the nuts and some fresh filtered water to a blender and blend. You can make ‘double cream’ or add more water for a ‘single cream’. It’s that simple… a bowl of organics strawberries, topped with cashew nut cream, cacao nibs and a drizzle of honey!
And did you know?
The ancient Roman practice of using strawberries as a natural teeth whitener is still being championed today. Try crushing a ripe strawberry with a little baking powder, brushing onto the teeth and leaving for five minutes before brushing again and rinsing.