Rich in vitamin C,
strawberries boost the
immune system and contain
chemicals that offer cancer
Strawberries rank very high in antioxidant activity. They are extremely rich in vitamin C (an average portion contains the entire recommended daily amount for an adult) and this helps to boost the immune system and help wound healing, prevent arterial damage, promote iron absorption, and strengthen blood vessel walls. They also contain other antioxidant phenolic plant chemicals such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which can block cancer cells and help prevent some cancers. Lastly, they contain good amounts of fiber, folate, and potassium.
- Excellent source of vitamin C.
- Contain ellagic acid, a compound with anticancer and antioxidant properties.
- Contain anthocyanins, which can help lower “bad” blood cholesterol.
- Useful source of fiber and soluble fiber, potassium, folate, and zeaxanthin for healthy eyes.
Choose strawberries that look plump and glossy; dull ones are usually past their best. Smaller strawberries tend to have higher levels of ellagic acid, concentrated in the outer layer, and have more flavor. Store in a container with air holes, in a refrigerator, for up to three days, but bring them to room temperature before using.
DID YOU KNOW?
Once washed, strawberries will spoil quickly—only wash immediately before serving.