Strawberries are not far behind oranges when it comes to vitamin C. One cup of strawberry slices gives you more than 100 percent of the vitamin C you need each day for fewer than 50 calories, so strawberries are an excellent food for watching your weight. Among the health benefits of eating strawberries are the following:
They keep your heart healthy. Strawberries provide heart-healthy potassium while being low in sodium. Strawberries also contain natural anti-inflammatory agents that may help keep your arteries healthy.
The folate found in strawberries reduces homocysteine levels (high levels are associated with heart disease). Folate is particularly important for pregnant women, as it helps to prevent spina bifida in babies. They protect your vision. Eating three or more servings of fruit every day may help reduce your risk of macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in the elderly). The antioxidant lutein (found in strawberries and blueberries) may be particularly potent.
They may help prevent cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. The phenols in strawberries have powerful anti-cancer properties. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008, berries of all kinds may help to prevent various types of cancers. The phenols in strawberries may also prevent rheumatoid arthritis. They're natural painkillers. In 2008, The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry explained that phytochemicals in strawberries are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that may work to reduce pain similar to the way ibuprofen and aspirin work – but without the side effects.
They keep your immune system strong. Strawberries contain a lot of vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system. Vitamin C also keeps your connective tissue strong for youngger-looking skin.