Strawberries are awesome. A big, ripe juicy strawberry ranks right up there as one of the most irresistible foods mother nature offers. Not only are they delicious and refreshing, their health benefits are spectacular. Here are 6 health benefits of strawberries.
1. May Improve Heart Function
Strawberries have high levels of heart-healthy antioxidants such as ellagic acid and flavonoids like anthocyanin, catechin, quercetin, and kaempferol. According to one research, these phenolic compounds help lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by inhibiting the formation of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
2. Naturally Whitens Teeth
This may be the most surprising tip about strawberries – the small amount of malic acid in the strawberries can work to whiten your teeth. For a powerful, natural teeth-whitening treatment, try rubbing a sliced strawberry back and forth against your teeth.
3. Strawberries are good for your heart
Anthocyanins are phytonutrients (or natural plant chemicals) found in strawberries. A 2013 study published in Circulation found that high anthocyanin intake (more than 3 weekly servings of strawberries) is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks in middle-aged women.
4. Lower Cardiovascular Disease: Flavonoids reduce our risk of for heart disease and hypertension by lowering LDL cholesterol. A study shows that those who eat three or more servings of these berries were able to decrease their risk of a heart attack by 32%.
5. Strawberries promote eye health.
The antioxident qualities in strawberries may also prevent cataracts-the clouding over of the eye lens, which can lead to blindness in older age. Our eyes require Vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free radicals from the sun's harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens.
6. Strawberry skin benefits
Ellagic acid is one of the main strawberry benefits for skin. Ellagic acid is believed to help protect the skin against UV damage, helping you maintain a youthful appearance.
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