Properties of strawberries and their 7 health benefits

Strawberries, properties and nutritional benefits

Without a doubt, strawberries (or frutillas, as they are called in many parts of Latin America) are the queen of berries. Rich and colorful, appreciated by children and nutritionally beneficial, they are all assets.

They are low in fat and low in calories, high in dietary fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals Yes folic acidmaking it a necessary fruit during pregnancy.

It is not uncommon for one of the “desires” of pregnant women to be strawberries, in addition to their properties, for their exquisite flavor.

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The benefits of eating strawberries are many, from cleaning teeth to regulate intestinal transit thanks to the large amount of fiber, unfortunately they are more of a summer fruit and their commercial cultivation is normally carried out with many pesticides, a good option is to grow them at home, they are easy to grow and you don’t don’t need a lot of space, you can do a vertical crop as we teach in: How to Grow Strawberries in a Raffia Bag.

Properties of strawberries or strawberries

Strawberries and their properties are undeniably excellent for our diet. It is an excellent source of vitamins, among which we can highlight vitamin C, an essential nutrient in the human diet, of which it contains 58.8 mg per 100 grams.

Moreover, it contains many B vitamins, all very important for metabolism and assimilation of nutrients. Among them the vitamin B6, which contains enzymes and helps in perinatal and infant development. Vitamin B3 or niacin, which acts on cellular metabolism and vitamin B2 or riboflavin, which participates in the production of red blood cells and the energy release of proteins.

Also, among the properties of strawberries, we find to a lesser extent vitamin B5, vitamin W or pantothenic acid, essential for life, and vitamin B9 or folic acid, which acts in the formation and maturation of structural proteins. and hemoglobin.

And as if that were not enough, it contains, but also to a lesser extent, another great natural antioxidant such as Vitamin E and vitamin K. Strawberries are cited in many articles as a source of vitamin A. And while they do contain this nutrient, the amounts are minute, just 12 IU (that’s almost zero) per 100 grams. To give us an idea, carrots, which are an excellent source of vitamin A, contain about 16,706 IU of this vitamin per 100 grams.

benefits of strawberries

In addition to vitamins, it should be noted that strawberries contain minerals such as iron, which needs vitamin C to be assimilated, so we can highlight among the properties of strawberries its ability to provide assimilable vegetable iron. It also contains other minerals such as magnesium and in a lesser extent calcium, copper, match, manganese, potassium Yes silicon.

The benefits of strawberries are manifold, from cleaning teeth to regulate intestinal transit thanks to the large amount of fiber.

Compared to antioxidantscontains a good amount of them, and they have been shown to be very useful in fighting against the formation of free radicals, skin aging and, in general, to fight against body wear and organic deterioration.

Even if it is a very sweet fruit when it is at the right time, this does not mean that it contains a lot of sugar, quite the contrary.

Strawberry Benefits

Cholesterol. Among its properties, strawberries also provide good amounts of Omega 3. As incredible as it may seem, not only fish contain fatty acids such as omega3, but also strawberries, which is why they are highly recommended for people with cholesterol problems.

benefits of strawberries

Teeth. Compared to dental care They are used to clean and whiten them, as well as to help maintain healthy gums.

Esophageal cancer. Scientific tests have been carried out showing that eating strawberries could prevent esophageal cancer.

blood health. On the other hand, they are known to significantly improve the blood antioxidant capacity.They are also a good source of salicylic acidit is therefore a good natural anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant, and also contains malic and oxalic acid.

Fertility. Although in smaller quantities, it also has Vitamin Ewhich promotes fertility and helps maintain the stability of blood cells.

Heart problems. Regarding the minerals it contains, it is worth highlighting its high in potassium and low in sodiumso they are perfect for people with high blood pressure or heart problems.

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Good memory. On the other hand, researchers from the Salk Institute of Biology (USA) have verified that the fisetina natural flavonoid found in strawberries, boosts long-term memory.

As you can see, strawberries cannot be missing from our diet and in addition to being tasty, they provide enormous health benefits. In addition to those mentioned, regular consumption of these fruits brings improvements to the skin and hair, given the content of antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

Differences Between Strawberry and Strawberry

Strawberry is a hybrid between strawberries that originated in Chile and another from California in the 18th century, it is a hybrid cousin of strawberries and although it looks very similar with a few differences, they are larger in size, they are red so much inside than inside. , while strawberries tend to be whiter on the inside, being hybrids they have longer seasons and longer duration once harvested

Contraindications of strawberries or strawberries

Unfortunately, strawberries are more of a late spring and summer fruit, but they are grown year-round in greenhouses. It is important to know that its commercial cultivation is normally carried out using many pesticides and in very bad conditions, wasting huge amounts of water and all kinds of resources.

And a separate issue, but no less important, are the conditions of workers in these crops, exposed to pesticides and quite degrading conditions. The scandal was such that even the UN, through the envoy of the organization’s office of extreme poverty and human rights, indicated living in the worst conditions while the industry collected millions of euros. See the full report here.

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A good option is to grow them at home. It is an easy culture and does not require a lot of space. You can do a vertical crop as we teach in the article that we published in Ecocosas and that we have already commented:

But we can also grow them in our orchard or small garden and enjoy that red gold.

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