Many of the phytonutrients present in strawberries function not only as antioxidants but also as anti-inflammatory nutrients. Several research studies have shown that the many diverse strawberry phytonutrients actually work together in a synergistic fashion to achieve their cardiovascular benefits.
Several recent studies have found regular intake of strawberries to be associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Health benefits of strawberries include:
- Increased immune function
- Protection against heart disease
- Slows aging
- DNA repair and protection
- Alzheimer's disease protection
- Osteoporosis protection
- Antioxidant protection
- Prevention of epileptic seizures
- Prevention of alopecia (spot baldness)
- Buy local. If berries come from far away, they have to be picked before they’re ripe, which means less flavor.
- Look for bright red berries If there’s white around the stem, or in the center of the berry, it wasn’t picked at peak ripeness. Don't buy green strawberries.
- Buy in season. Fruit that comes out of season comes from farther away and generally lacks the flavor of fruit in season.
- Strawberries are highly perishable; they can turn soft, mushy, and mouldy within 24 hours. When you bring home a box of berries, empty it out and check the fruits.
- Remove any soft, overripe strawberries for immediate consumption; discard any smashed or mouldy berries.
- Strawberries freeze well, allowing you to enjoy them practically year round.
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