In an era where we are discovering more foods labelled as ‘superfoods’ such as Quinoa, Kale and Chia, it might be refreshing to learn that the humble strawberry contains just as many super components.
Everyone loves a strawberry: enveloped in cream and topped with meringues, drizzled with balsamic vinegar or dropped in a prosecco where it soaks up all the alcoholic fizz like a little heart shaped sponge.
However you devour the plump juicy fruit you can rest assured that you are enjoying one of nature’s finest offerings. Strawberries are the essence of wholesome and nutrition. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals and high in antioxidants.
Why are strawberries so good?
Humans are one of the few mammals that are unable to produce vitamin C so we have find it from the food we eat. One serving of strawberries (about half a cup) contains half our recommended daily requirement of vitamin C.
Why is vitamin C important?
Eyes are exposed to free radicals from the suns harsh UV rays and vitamin C can help strengthen the protein in our eyes to protect the eyes and prevent cataracts in later life. The vitamin C must come directly from the fruit or vegetable and not in a supplement form.
Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen which is what gives skins its resilience and elasticity. We lose collagen as we age and that’s why wrinkles occur.
What else is in a strawberry?
Strawberries are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is incredibly beneficial to the heart and Arthritis
Strawberries contain potassium and potassium can help regulate blood pressure and even (in some cases) assist in lowering blood pressure.
Strawberries are packed with fibre which is essential for digestion and for slowing the absorption of sugars in the blood, so those managing diabetes can enjoy strawberries as part of a controlled diet.
This year consumers are demanding more strawberries so this year’s crop will have increased by 11% to meet that demand.
If you want to keep wrinkles at bay, protect your heart, get your fibre and potassium intake then get your portion of vitamin C every day during the summer with some super strawberries!
You can’t beat British when it comes to our strawberries and our Strawberry season runs from May until September so you have a plenty of time to have your fill.