Happy Full Moon! It’s the month of the Full Strawberry Moon and, ladies and gentleman, it’s also my birthday month! When I was born, I used to have a strawberry mark on my forehead, perhaps that’s why I love strawberries so much.In light of it being the Strawberry Luna today, I want to share my top five benefits of eating the delicious fruit:
- High in fibre
- Great source of Vitamin C
- They are an antioxidant
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Protects your eyes
1. High in fibre
Strawberries are a very delicious fruit, high in fibre and low in calories – it makes me happy to know something so tasty is guilt-free and so good for the body. Fibre is very important in a balanced diet and is said to help prevent diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and certain cancers. It’s also very good for your digestive system, and I know strawberries work wonders for me in that department!
2. Great source of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a great for boosting the immune system and fighting against infections, colds and flu. It stimulates white blood cells in the bloodstream and therefore defends against foreign bodies and toxins. A single serving of strawberries (a large handful) has 150% of you recommended Vitamin C requirement.
3. They are an antioxidant
Strawberries are also very rich in antioxidant properties (find out more about antioxidants here). This helps reduce inflammation in the body as a result of beating the free radical movement (I’m playing, dawg).
4. Lowers high blood pressure
With the stress of daily city life and the salty processed foods we consume on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that some people suffer from high blood pressure. Strawberries are a fruit rich in potassium and magnesium, which are effective in lowering blood pressure. Potassium is also a vasodiltor, which means it reduces hypertension in vessels and arteries and therefore eases blood flow throughout the body.
5. Protects your eyes
When people have eye problems, it’s usually problems they are having with free radicals or deficiency of certain nutrients. As we age, free radicals and harmful oxidants can reduce the protective nutrients and cause damage to our eyes. Excessively dry eyes, vision impairments and infections are some examples as a result of this.
Cue delicious strawberries! Strawberries are full of antioxidants (as mentioned in point 3), such as flavonoids and elagic acid. These types of antioxidants are all present in strawberries and therefore help reduce the free radical activity and ultimately boost nutrients.
Did you know:
- Strawberries were thought to be a symbol for Venus because of the rich red colour and the heart shape they adopt?
- If you split a strawberry with the opposite sex, you’ll fall in love? True story.
- Romans used strawberries to help reduce fainting, infections, fever and kidney stones?