Reading time: 2 minutesPublished: June 25, 2018
British strawberries are at their best right now and they can help us to look our best too. Read on to find out how to manage your weight and much more with these delicious, quintessentially British fruits. If you never held the British strawberry in high regard here are my 10 top reasons for taking another look at this most iconic of British fruits. And with Wimbledon just around the corner what better time to look at this delicious fruit?
1) Strawberries help with weight management
Yes, strawberries are low in calories, fat free and also low in sodium and sugar. This makes for guilt free eating. Strawberries boost the production of adiponectin and leptin, both of which are fat-burning hormones. They help reduce appetite, decrease glucose, and reduce body weight and fat, all of which promote weight loss. Don’t drizzle them with sugar though, their natural sweetness is just enough and should be enjoyed if they are nice and ripe.
2) Strawberries can keep wrinkles at bay
Strawberries contain the highest amount of vitamin C of any berry which means they contain loads of antioxidants. This translates into lots of wrinkle fighting and skin purifying properties. Vitamin C helps with skin elasticity and resilience. Since we lose collagen as we age, strawberries may just help us to stay younger and healthier. Studies have shown that strawberries are abundant in anthocyanins and protect against ultraviolet radiation. How delicious!
3) Strawberries boost immunity
Oh, and back to the vitamin C content of these little wonder fruits. One serving of strawberries contains about half the daily requirement of vitamin C. The vitamin C in strawberries boosts the immune system and helps to cure common coughs and colds.
4) Reduces hypertension
Strawberries contain potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure and keep the heart healthy. Strawberries are also rich in magnesium; both of these minerals are vasodilators, meaning that they reduce hypertension and the rigidity of arteries and blood vessels. This eases the flow of blood to various parts of the body and keeps them functioning at their full potential.
5) Boosts Brain Function
Strawberries are rich in iodine,
vitamin C, and phytochemicals, which help maintain the proper functioning of the nervous system. Potassium, in strawberries, also has been linked to an improved cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
6) Reduce inflammation
Strawberries reduce elevated blood levels of C-reactive protein, otherwise known as CRP. This is a substance produced by the liver that increases inflammation in the body. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women who ate more than 16 strawberries in a week are 14% less likely to have elevated C-reactive protein levels. Not difficult if you love strawberries, hey?
7) Hair Health
The rich variety of antioxidants, ellagic acid, and vitamins help battle hair loss, moisturize the hair, and prevent dandruff.
For glossy hair, you can mix 5-6 crushed strawberries with 1 tablespoon of yoghurt. Massage this into damp hair and rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Shampoo as usual. You have just made a natural hair conditioner which is good enough to eat. For an extra boost why not add some rosemary essential oil
8) Fight cholesterol
The ellagic acid and flavonoids (or phytochemicals) found in strawberries can provide antioxidant effects that can benefit the heart in many ways. These little fruits can counteract the bad cholesterol in the blood which causes a build up in the arteries.
9) Treats Arthritis & Gout
Strawberries are abundant in antioxidants and detoxifiers, which help reduce arthritis and gout pain. They also aid in preventing arthritic symptoms such as degeneration of muscles and tissues, drying up of the lubricating fluids in the joints, and accumulation of toxic substances and acids (such as uric acid) in the body.
10) Increase fibre intake
Strawberries are a great source of fibre, which reduces problems such as constipation . Fibre also helps to fight type 2 diabetes and helps to slow the absorption of sugars (glucose) in the blood. About 26% of the carb content of strawberries is in the form of fibres.1 cup of strawberries provides 3 grams of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibers are important to feed the friendly bacteria in the gut and improve digestive health.
With British strawberries at their best right now, you've just read at least 10 good reasons to eat more of them. Let me know how you plan to eat more of these delicious, quintessentially British fruits. I like to eat them naked....the fruit that is, not me!
Written by: Mimi