The most popular berries in the world - strawberries - are not only delicious and sweet, but they can also create miracles for your health!
As one of the healthiest foods in the world, strawberries can protect the cardiovascular, system with it's anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Strawberries are a rich source of antioxidants such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Anthocyanin is the red pigment you see in strawberries. It helps to destroy free radicals in the blood damage, tissue damage and cancer-causing changes in the cells.
Ellagic acid content of strawberries has been proven to be able to stop the growth of tumors in the lung, esophagus, breast, cervix and tongue. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that antioxidants found in strawberries can prevent the development of liver cancer cells in humans.
The smokers would be very happy to hear that an American study showed that strawberries reduce the influence of the active carcinogens in tobacco smoke.
Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C. According to the previous studies, with an equivalent amount, strawberries contain vitamin C which was higher than oranges.
A study published in the medical journal The Archives of Ophthalmology showed that older people who eat more fruits that are rich in vitamin C can reduce the risk of macular degeneration up to 36%.
Good for digestive system
Strawberries contain high fiber content, which is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and intestinal disorders.
Red ripe strawberries contain high levels of soluble fiber - the best quality for your gut
Some compounds in strawberries reduces the activity of the enzyme COX - which are enzymes that contribute to arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Although strawberries are very good, people with kidney problems or existing gallbladder problems should avoid eating strawberries, because they contain relatively large amounts of oxalate. If you eat too much, the oxalate can crystallizes in body fluids and cause unwanted problems like kidney stones. Oxalate also hinder the absorption of calcium. If you are in need calcium for bone problems, eat strawberries 2-3 hours before taking calcium supplements.