What are Some Health Benefits of Strawberries?

N. Madison
N. Madison

Most people recognize strawberries for their juicy, sweet taste. However, they are more than just pleasing to the tastebuds. They are also good for you. Like other fruits, they pack a punch in terms of nutrients and antioxidants. Even better, they are naturally low in calories, making them a much better choice than a cupcake or cookie when the urge to snack strikes.

A strawberry smoothie.
A strawberry smoothie.

In considering the benefits of strawberries, it may help to start by listing what's in them. For starters, strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is good for keeping the immune system in good condition, among other things. They also provide dietary fiber. Strawberries count as a source of manganese, potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, iodine and copper, and they contain folate, vitamins B-5 and B-6, and vitamin K. This fruit even provides omega-3 fatty acids.

Strawberries.
Strawberries.

One of the top benefits of strawberries is their antioxidant and phytonutrient content, two substances that fight free radicals. Free radicals are bad for the body, as they damage cells. In fact, some people believe that free radicals also play a role in the development of cancer. In particular, strawberries contain phenol, a phytonutrient that is believed to protect cells and prevent organ system damage. Strawberries are rich in phenols, which may make them helpful in preventing cancer, protecting the heart, and reducing inflammation.

Strawberry coulis pooled around a dessert.
Strawberry coulis pooled around a dessert.

The eyes may experience the benefits of strawberries as well. Many people are familiar with carrots as an eye-healthy food choice, but strawberries are good for the eyes too. In fact, eating at least three servings of fruit each day has been linked to the decreased risk of macular degeneration that is related to age. This particular vision problem, called age-related macular degeneration, is actually a top cause of sight loss. For these who have very busy schedules or simply don't like fruit, eating this many servings may sound like a tall order; however, strawberries are versatile and can be added to a person's diet on top of yogurt, on top of cereal, in salads and even in smoothies.

Strawberries are high in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and magnesium.
Strawberries are high in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and magnesium.

One of the benefits of strawberries may be protection against rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies show that vitamin-C-rich foods protect against some types of degenerative arthritis, including polyarthritis, which is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. However, it's important to keep in mind that some other studies suggest the opposite when it comes to large amounts of vitamin C. For example, one study suggests that osteoarthritis may actually worsen in the face of high levels of vitamin C.

Strawberries are healthy and tasty.
Strawberries are healthy and tasty.
Strawberries are a good source of iodine.
Strawberries are a good source of iodine.
Strawberries can be combined with other fruit in a salad.
Strawberries can be combined with other fruit in a salad.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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mendocino

To get the most antioxidant power from any fruit strawberries are it, and on top of that they taste good too.

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