Strawberry Antioxidant Power!
For the next installment of antioxidant Tuesdays, I am going to talk about strawberries. If you haven’t read an Antioxidant Tuesday post before, it is a series highlighting the 10 foods with the highest amount of antioxidants amongst 100 common foods examined in this study. So far, we have talked about kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries and prunes.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are an antioxidant powerhouse! They also have few calories per serving and are high in fiber, vitamin C, folate and manganese. We talked in this post why Vitamin C is to maintain our health.
Studies on Strawberries
- Strawberry powder was able to reduce cholesterol and increase LDL (good) cholesterol size in obese subjects. Thus, it reduced risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes in these volunteers (source).
- Daily strawberry consumption was able to increase the antioxidant capacity of healthy volunteers (source)
- Anthocyanins (a compound in strawberries) are able to reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent some chronic diseases (source)
- Freeze-dried strawberries were able to decrease cholesterol and lipid peroxidation (leads to atherosclerosis) in women with metabolic syndrome (source)
- Ellagic acid ( found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, pomegranates and other plants (source)) can reduce DNA damage (source)
- Strawberries were shown to reduce the grade of premaligant (precancer) lesions as well as decrease inflammatory signaling (source)
- Strawberry extracts were able to kill colon cancer cells in vitro (outside the body) (source)
How to eat them
Reminder: As Strawberries are part of The Dirty Dozen, try to buy organic if possible. Trader Joe’s sells organic frozen strawberries for a reasonable price.
Do you like strawberries? What is your favorite way to eat them?