We’re all familiar with strawberries.
Blended into smoothies, served as a refreshing snack or as a delicious treat incorporated into your dessert, there are many ways to enjoy the strawberry.
But there is more to the strawberry than just a sweet treat.
Many different species of wild strawberries grow naturally on several continents.
Historians have traced humanity’s relationship with the strawberry as far back as ancient Roman literature, where the strawberry is referenced for its medicinal properties.
This reputation as a folk medicine has carried on all the way down to today.
These days, the sort of strawberry you find at the supermarket or plant in your garden is a bit different from the wild varieties which the Europeans of antiquity would have harvested from forests and groves.
Modern strawberries are highly cultivated.
The most common “garden strawberries” we encounter today are a cross between two species of wild strawberries native to South America.
Though we have changed the strawberry a bit, modern research is revealing that those ancient Romans may have been onto something when they regarded the strawberry as a tool of medicine.
What A Few Delicious Strawberries Do For Your Body
In the modern diet, strawberries – as healthy as they are – are commonly found incorporated into something that is in no way a health food.
Dipped in milk chocolate or caramel, covered in whipped cream, made into jam, added to cakes or ice cream. These might be delicious, but they are all basically dessert.
The strawberries are doing their best to improve your health, but they just can’t compete when they’re covered in unhealthy junk!
If you want to get the health benefits of strawberries, try just eating some without adding anything!
You can also incorporate them into a healthy snack or meal like granola, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or fruit salad.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that milk chocolate covered strawberry is healthy!
So what might you look forward to if you incorporate a healthy dose of strawberries into your daily diet?
1. All The Benefits Of Berries
Berries are a well-known super food. Strawberries are no exception.
Rich in vitamins, natural sugars, plant fiber, as well as packing tons of trace elements and phytochemicals, berries are a potent source of nutrition loaded with compounds that can be beneficial for the entire body.
One of the top dietary sources of important bioactive compounds such as resveratrol, flavonols, anthocyanins, and elleagic acid, strawberries and other berries have been associated with a huge array of health benefits.
Some of these include reducing inflammation, acting as powerful antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress throughout the brain and body, improving cardiovascular health, helping prevent damage to the eyes, and even reducing the risk of certain cancers.
Plus, they’re tasty.
2. Your Brain Loves Strawberries
Strawberries are the most potent dietary source of a compound called fisetin.
This is an antioxidant and flavonoid which has shown a lot of promise.
Fisetin has been shown to fight inflammation in the body, but particularly in the brain.
It helps promote blood flow and reduces oxidative stress. This creates a “neuroprotective” effect.
As a result, fisetin has the potential to stimulate new brain growth, improve memory, and help protect the brain against natural degeneration from aging.
3. Strawberries Are Good For The Heart
Compounds called anthocyanins are responsible for the color of berries like strawberries.
These anthocyanins have been studied for their anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Of particular interest has been their role in the cardiovascular system.
Anthocyanins’ have a helpful impact on blood platelets and blood vessels which has been identified for its potential to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Go Have A Berry!
We bet you can’t have just one!
Eating berries is a delicious way to get all sorts of great stuff into your diet.
Strawberries are also remarkably easy to grow at home.
Give it a try!