It’s Wimbledon time again and what does that mean?…………..Strawberries!!!
Did you know that roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream ?
Not only are they a British Institution at this time of year, they also pack a nutritional punch.
The Nutritional breakdown
1. Boost your immune system.
Strawberries are chocked full of vitamin C, one serving equals half your recommended daily intake. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to disarm free radicals in the body, which as a result reduces the negative affect in the body.
2.Ward off cancer.
Strawberries contain ellagic acid which is know to suppress cancer cell growth.
3.Boost your vision .
Strawberries contain Lutein and Zeathanin. Powerful antioxidants that protect the macula of the eye from degeneration.
4.Lower your cholesterol and relax your blood vessels.
The antioxidants in them prevent the LDL cholesterol from being oxidised and cause plaque in the body. They are also a good source of manganese and potassium. Most importantly, potassium maintains the blood pressure in the body at optimum levels.
5.Reduce wrinkles in the body.
Therefore The Vitamin C helps promote collagen production in the body. Korean researchers also concluded that the ellagic acid help prevent collagen destruction, which helps keep wrinkles at bay.
6.Reduce inflammation in the body.
Many illnesses start with inflammation at the root cause. In a Harvard study of strawberries, it was a found that women eating 16 strawberries a week had a reduction in C-reactive protein of 14%. Elevated C reactive protein is a known marker of inflammation in the body.
7.Regulate blood sugar.
Another study of drinking a strawberry powdered drink 2 hours before a meal showed a reduced blood sugar and better insulin sensitivity afterwards.
Strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrients, therefore go ahead and indulge, knowing that they are good for you and taste good too. If you would like to know more about Nutritional Healing and how foods really are medicine, why not check out my website. www.blueskiesholistics.co.uk