Strawberry Season

May 22, 2014

Strawberries and Asparagus Finally, it's time for fresh, local strawberries to begin showing up on your grocer's shelves! Strawberries are a not only a healthy, delicious sweet treat, they are among the top 5 fruits recently rated as the best antioxidant sources. They are also packed with fiber, vitamin C and potassium ... and they come with some stunning benefits.
  • Immunity Boost: One serving of strawberries contains 86.5 milligrams of vitamin C, 149% of the recommended daily allowance, giving you serious immune system support and protection against infections.
  • Heart Disease Prevention: A recent study found that women who eat more than three servings per week of blueberries and strawberries have a 32 percent lower risk of having a heart attack thanks to the high flavonoids content in the berries.
  • Diabetes Prevention: Health science researchers that the polyphenols in strawberries play a major role in helping regulate blood sugar response making ... great news for people concerned with maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, and for those with type 2 diabetes.
  • Cancer Protection: Strawberries are high in antioxidants which help in in the fight against cancer and the specific antioxidants lutein and zeathanacins which suppress the growth of cancer Additionally, a 2011 study from Ohio State University found that Eating freeze-dried strawberries may help prevent esophageal cancer.
  • Weight Watcher: A cup of strawberries has just 53 calories, are filled with fiber to help satiate your hunger, and with their high vitamin C content are great metabolism boosters and the nitrate found in strawberries promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body another weight loss booster. Additionally, the red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate burning of stored fat.
  • Pregnancy Protection: Rich in folate, strawberries support the development of brain skull and spinal cord, along with protection against birth defects!
  • Bone Support: The manganese, potassium and minerals found in strawberries promote bone growth, but also helps keep them in mint condition. These properties also make strawberry a good fruit for growing children.
  • Memory Booster: Research from Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that fisetin, a flavonoid found in strawberries can enhance memory by stimulating the signaling pathways and can delay memory decline in ageing women.
All these great benefits and they're beautiful to boot! So much good in such a little package!

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