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Health Benefits of Eating Strawberries

When it comes to fruit, what could be better than biting into a plump, juicy, red strawberry?

Bowl of strawberries

These berries are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and a variety of polyphenols that have profound effects on health and wellbeing. Here are some of the various science-based benefits of eating strawberries.

Immune Support: The immune system is positively impacted by vitamin C and strawberries are a great source of this vital vitamin. Acting as an antioxidant, vitamin C supports the cells of the immune system by protecting them from the damage that can occur when the body has an immune response. Additionally, vitamin C positively affects the immune system by stimulating the production and function of white blood cells.

Reduce Inflammation: Inflammation is a normal response to infection from bacteria or viruses, as well as from an injury such as a cut or broken bone. Strawberries are a rich source of polyphenols, important chemicals found in plants that can protect cells from inflammatory damage.

Cancer Protection: Strawberries are full of many types of polyphenols (beneficial chemical compounds found in plants). One powerful polyphenol found in strawberries is ellagic acid, which acts as an antioxidant and has been researched for its effect on preventing or slowing down chronic diseases. Ellagic acid seems to have preventative and therapeutic effects on cancer through its antioxidant capacity and its ability to overcome the carcinogen process.

Brain Health: Emerging research is uncovering that one of the causes of cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer's Dementia is not consuming enough foods that are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. As mentioned above, strawberries are a good source of antioxidants and powerful polyphenols that can prevent oxidative stress and inflammation.

Digestion: Eating a variety of plants is critical to good digestion. One of the main reasons that plants are crucial for good gut health is because of their fiber content. The main fiber found in strawberries is insoluble fiber, and this fiber is known to pass through the gastrointestinal tract intact, adding bulk to stool. This helps keep your digestion regular.

Collagen Production: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it is the primary building block for skin, muscle, bones, tendons, and connective tissues. One way to support the body's natural ability to produce collagen is by consuming vitamin C. As strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, enjoy some more!


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