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Nutrients Found in Strawberries
—by Laura Ng
Known as "Queen of Fruits" and packed with powers excellent for your health, strawberry certainly lives up to its title. Want to learn how this amazing bright red fruit can dramatically kick your health to the next level?
In Asian countries, people call strawberry "The Queen of Fruits" because it's packed with so many health goodness - nutrients essential to our good health. Bright red, juicy and sweet, you can eat strawberries as healthy snacks all day long.
Potassium, fiber and folate present in strawberries help to combat heart disease. Studies have proven that potassium can significantly lower blood pressure, which may then reduce the risk of heart disease. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, also lowers the risk of both cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Homocysteine, an independent risk factor for heart disease, can be reduced by folate.
The antioxidants also deter the oxidation of bad cholesterol. Oxidation speeds up the build-up of arteries-hardening plaque (arteriosclerosis), which endangers the heart. Besides as an antioxidant, flavonoids do bear anti-inflammatory effect on arteries, meaning, they prevent blood clotting, thereby reduces risk of stroke.
Fighter against Cancer
Because strawberries are highly effective in fighting oxidative activity, they're ranked top among 12 fruits that were analyzed. The credits go to the high levels of polyphenols and Vitamin C in strawberries.
Antioxidants protect your body cells from damage by carcinogens, the cancer-causing agents. They inhibit the development of carcinogens and delay the tumors from growing and expanding. It was tested that strawberry extracts actually hinder the growth of cancerous cells.
Booster for Immune System
To have a long and healthy life, your immune system is the key. It's responsible for fighting infections and removing damaged or malfunctioning cells. But bad news is, your immune system ages with your age. So, to maintain your immune system in tip-top condition, you need to load your body with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
As mentioned earlier, strawberries provide most of the nutrients beneficial to your immune system, and the body easily absorbs these nutrients.
Top Ten Skincare Food
In United States, strawberries are rated as one of the best foods for skin care and weight loss. Studies have shown that regular intake of strawberries can improve skin and hair conditions. They help you lose weight, due to its high fiber content and aspartic acid, which explains why they're often included in a weight loss diet plan. The role of aspartic acid is to remove excess toxins from your body. A cleansed and detoxified body tends to stay healthier and in better shape.
Selection and Storage of Strawberries
In the past, strawberries are not commonly found in supermarkets. But now with the help of technology, you can buy them any time of the year as they're flown in from Austrialia or United States.
When choosing fresh fruit, look for ones that are bright, deep red and very glossy, without green or white hard tips. The caps and leaves should look fresh green. If you like sweet strawberries, go with the bright red, smaller ones. Large ones can be watery.
Also, ensure the top layer of ripe berries isn't hiding an unripe layer underneath because strawberries will not ripen after they were harvested. If there are red stains or liquid leaking from the box bottom, it means the berries had been on the shelf for too long and thus, not worth your money.
If you want your strawberries to stay fresh and last longer, do not wash them until you want to use them. Place them in a container, preferably in layers with paper towels in between the layers, and a dry paper towel at the bottom.
When you're ready to use them, wash them with the caps attached, under cool running water. Removing the caps cause the strawberries to absorb too much water and become soggy. After washing, you can pluck away the caps with your fingers or with a paring knife.
About the Author
Laura Ng invites you to find out the health benefits of coconut oil and get more health tips at http://FussyBody.com to boost your immunity against common illnesses and deadly diseases so that you can stay healthy for life and save thousands on your medical bills.
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