Strawberries are not only sweet and delicious- they have a nutritous packed punch to them!
One cup of sliced, fresh strawberries contains a range of important nutrients in the following amounts:
Calories: 53 kcal
Protein: 1.11 g
Carbohydrates: 12.75 g
Dietary fiber: 3.30 g
Calcium: 27 mg
Iron: 0.68 mg
Magnesium: 22 mg
Phosphorus: 40 mg
Potassium: 254 mg
Vitamin C: 97.60 mg
Folate: 40 micrograms (mcg)
Vitamin A: 28 international units (IU)
Strawberries also contain a range of powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol.
1) They may be a helpful cancer preventative!
The powerful antioxidants in strawberries may work against free radicals, according to a 2016 review. The review suggests that this factor could inhibit tumor growth and decrease inflammation in the body. While no fruit acts as a direct treatment for cancer, strawberries, and similar fruits might help reduce the risk of some people developing the disease.
2)They're a great source of Vitamin C
When you think of foods high in vitamin C, oranges probably come to mind—but strawberries are also a great source of this antioxidant, with 100 percent (nearly 100 milligrams) of your daily requirement in just one cup of sliced berries. Foods rich in vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Keep in mind that research suggests that vitamin C can’t prevent the common cold, but it may reduce its severity and duration.
3) They may help prevent birth defects
If you're pregnant, getting enough folic acid is crucial since the vitamin can help prevent defects to your baby’s neural tube (the foundational brain and spinal structure). For women who want to get pregnant, strawberries are a good source of folate, at 10 percent of your daily recommended intake. So load up a bowl of these bright red beauties mama!
4) They are proven brain boosters!
As it turns out, a healthy daily dose of berries, including strawberries, in your diet can play a big role in staving off dementia in old age.The credit goes to the antioxidants, again. Strawberries, with their high content of antioxidants, protect the brain cells from damage due to free radicals. They also change the way the neurons in the brain communicate with each other
5) They can help with hair loss/thinning hair
It is believed that the silica in strawberries may slow down baldness and boost hair growth.
You can prepare a strawberry hair mask that can help you deal with your hair problems. Mix strawberry paste (2 berries) with extra virgin coconut oil and honey (1 tablespoon each). Apply to your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes, post which you can wash your hair with cold water. This must be done on a clean scalp, usually in the mornings after your bath. This mask also prevents scalp fungal growth – the magnesium in the berries is to thank for this!