Valentine’s season is upon us and with it an array of red things, sweet treats and, hopefully, happy memories. As we know strawberries are a signature of this season but did you know they’ve got lots of health benefits?!
Here are 10 reasons to indulge –
1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins.
2. Boosts short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks (so it’s not just for Val’s Day, keep eating them!).
3. Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.
4. Eases inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.
5. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories!
6. Promotes bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.
7. Prevents oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may help prevent human oesophageal cancer.
8. Good for weight loss
The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.
9. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging. (Eat eat eat.)
10. Promotes eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruits like strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss.
Enjoy those strawberries, the benefits are endless!
I promise you’ll love it.
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