May is the beginning of a month full of produce. One special fruit we see is Strawberries! Strawberries are not only enjoyable, they are good for your health. A good reason to celebrate May as National Strawberry Month!
Strawberries are not only beautiful, they are nutrient dense – meaning that they are packed with lots of nutrition. Eight strawberries can easily provide your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, Wow! In addition, they are a source of potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B-6, fiber, and a small amount of iron. Along with these nutrients they contain a variety of antioxidants which can help with disease prevention and health promotion. The main antioxidants in strawberries are the phytochemicals ellagic acid and flavonoids.
Strawberry Health Benefits
The flavonoids in strawberries are responsible for their red color. Flavonoids have been found to help support brain health, heart health, manage inflammation and possibly prevent some types of cancer. Ellagic Acid is a strong antioxidant, and it may provide some anti-cancer fighting properties as well. The California Strawberry Commission provides more information on the phytochemicals. Recently three new studies have looked at strawberry powder to determine if strawberries might serve some anti-aging benefits. The studies are small in size and more studies would be helpful, but the outcomes were positive.
Strawberries in the Field
Most strawberries in the US are grown in California . You can however find them growing in other areas of the country. Going to a strawberry field can be an amazing way to see how farmers care for their land and crops, to acquaint your children with where our food comes from, and to pick some of the finest produce, at just the right time. If you cannot get to a strawberry field, the California Strawberry Commission has a virtual trip for your enjoyment.
Enjoy the Taste of Strawberries
While it is good to know about the nutrition and potential health benefits of strawberries nothing is better than enjoying a plump, juicy strawberry. While eating them whole is totally delightful you can also add them to almost every meal of the day. If you are looking for some new, fun recipes for strawberries, look no further than the recipe site here.
To Your Health with Strawberries
Celebrate National Strawberry Month by enjoying ripe, red strawberries with your next meal. Doing so will boost your enjoyment and help you get the much-needed fruit serving for that meal – or even that day!