Strawberries might be little red fruits, but they pack a big punch—not just in taste, but in nutritional value, too. With Florida’s strawberry season just around the corner, here are a few reasons to reach for this brightly colored snack to help boost your health.

1. Strawberries strengthen your immune system.

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Most people know that Vitamin C is our immune system’s greatest line of defense against infection, but what they might not know is that they can find a good source of it in strawberries. According to the USDA’s National Nutritional Database, one serving of strawberries contains around 86.4 mg. of Vitamin C—almost the entire daily recommended intake for adults.

2. Strawberries improve brain function.

The Vitamin C found in strawberries can help your cells neutralize free radicals (DNA mutations that can lead to cancer and heart disease), which are responsible for signs of aging because of their adverse affect on the nervous system and the brain. The potassium found in strawberries can also improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain. Plus, according to Medical News Today, “… iodine deficiency is said to be the most preventable cause of damage or developmental delay in the brain”, and one serving of strawberries has 10 percent of your daily iodine value.

3. Strawberries help keep eyes healthy.

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Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration—a condition that leads to vision loss. Antioxidants can also help prevent cataracts (a condition in which the eye’s lens becomes cloudy). Their Vitamin C content can also protect eyes from the sun’s UV rays, which also protect your eye’s lens.

4. Strawberries are good for your skin.

Not only can you eat this fruit to hydrate your skin, but also you can also use strawberries in a wash or mask. Salicylic acid is found in strawberries which helps tighten pores and fade acne scars. Exfoliating skin with salicylic can also unclog pores and keep your skin soft.

5. Strawberries boost endurance.

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The nitrate found in strawberries and can help boost your endurance during exercise that increases blood and oxygen flow to the muscles.

6. Strawberries improve bone health.

Manganese found in strawberries can be especially helpful for bone growth in growing children and aging adults. Manganese is also found to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. Strong bones can also keep sprained joints away that are caused by arthritis.

7. Strawberries are good for prenatal health.

There’s a B9 vitamin called folate in strawberries that is helpful for women trying to conceive. Folate helps promote healthy development in growing. This vitamin can also prevent things such as neural tube defects, spinal cord defects, and brain defects in infants. One cup contains 6.5 percent of your daily folate value.

 

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