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May 7, 2012

I <3 Strawberries

Hey everyone, it’s Shanon G. I wanted to share with you 10 things you probably didn’t know about strawberries-my favorite fruit

1. The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century. Prior to this wild strawberries and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source for the fruit.

2.Strawberries are low in calories (32 kcal/100g) and fats but rich source of many health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

3.Strawberries have very high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals calledanthocyanins and ellagic acid. Basically this means that eating strawberries may have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

4. Strawberries (and other berries)  are an excellent source of vitamin C-about 98% of recommended daily allowance, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps your body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.

5.Strawberries are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins. They contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

6. Strawberries contain vitamin A, vitamin E and many health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease process.

7. They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and iron. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

8. They give you whiter teeth. Ever heard of strawberries and baking soda as teeth cleaner? Try it. Put 1 large strawberry in a blender together with ½ teaspoon of baking soda and blend well. You can also mash the strawberry using a fork and mix the baking soda in. Use it like toothpaste and spread it on to your teeth gently. Leave it for 3-6 minutes and cleanse your teeth with water afterwards. Just make sure you brush your teeth with your preferred commercial toothpaste after so there won’t be strawberry stain or taste left.

9. Strawberries also prevent constipation and even colon cancer because they wash away harmful toxins in our intestines.

10.  Strawberries also keep our eyes bright. Studies on eyesight reveals that eating at least 5 strawberries a day could keep your vision clear.