The amazing health-enhancing capacity of strawberries
Strawberries are superstars when it comes to health-enhancing capacity. One cup of strawberries provides you with approximately 100% of your daily requirements of vitamin C along with other powerful antioxidants, all of which are essential for a strong immune system.
The power of strawberries goes way beyond helping to fight the common cold and other infections. High levels of vitamin C are essential for life. This nutrient is needed for the growth and repair of tissues throughout our body, and helps our body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. We quite simply cannot be strong and healthy without it.
Humans are the only mammals without the ability to make vitamin C, i.e. we must obtain vitamin C through our diet or through supplementation. Fresh fruits, vegetables and other plant sources are considered to be the most beneficial and effective way to consume vitamin C.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidant capacity and as such may help our bodies to combat free radicals that damage cells and can result in serious illness. In fact, many nutrients, fibre and health-enhancing compounds are contained in this beautiful food.
So if you eat strawberries simply because they taste amazing, think again! You are also doing your body a huge favour!
Did you know?
Strawberries have a long history dating back to the Roman times. Typically thought of as a fruit, strawberries are ‘runners’ not fruit as their seeds are on the outside. They are part of the rose (rosaceae) family and are native to many parts of the world.
If you have any strawberry facts or trivia, share them with us on the City Pantry Blog. Australian strawberries feature in Fruitbar, some of the Banana Bar machines and City Pantry.
The City Pantry team.