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The Health Benefits of Strawberries

There’s nothing better than fresh-picked strawberries and in anticipation of the upcoming strawberry season, following are some of the health benefits you will receive, which can only make them taste even better!

  • Cancer Fighting
    Strawberries contain Vitamin C, Folate, Anthocyanin, Quercetin and Kaempferol (flavonoids in strawberries) that are potent antioxidants in effectively fighting cancer. A daily intake of strawberries has been shown to reduce the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Contains Folate
    Folate is essential to keeping your blood healthy and preventing you from getting anemia. Folate is also known to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and hearing loss as you age.
  • High in Omega-3’s
    Just one cup of strawberries contain 5% of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps regulate high blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation and allergic responses, and are critical for proper brain function.
  • Improvement of Inflammatory Bowel Problems
    Strawberries contain a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory substance called salicylic acid, which helps reduce inflammation in the digestive tract – helpful to those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Chron’s Disease.
  • Prevents High Blood Pressure
    Eating 1-2 cups of strawberries a day over a 1-3 month period can help lower your blood pressure (along with a healthy diet and exercise), by reducing the activity of the angiotensin I-converting (ACE) enzyme, whose overactivity increases the risk of high blood pressure.
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
    Strawberries contain Vitamin K, which plays an important role in maintaining bone health and is a mineral most of the population is deficient of.
  • Regulates the Thyroid
    Strawberries are rich in iodine, which plays an important role in the normal function of the thyroid gland and also controls the basic metabolic rate of the body.
  • Whitens your Teeth
    The acids found in strawberries help to remove teeth stains and tartar and can also strengthen and heal the gums.

Happy picking and try not to eat more than you pick!

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