The fruits of strawberries are one of the lighter fruits. They have more than 90% water and very little fat and carbohydrates. This determines that have very few calories. In this sense, calorie count is almost equal to watermelons. All this, makes it one of the most commonly used fruits in the diet to lose weight.
It is a very appropriate fruit for dietary regimens, since it has very little sugar, so it is also recommended for diabetes.
Detoxifying properties of strawberries
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin, along with ellagic acid and quercetin, provides it antioxidant properties very useful to detoxify your organism from external poisons.
Including strawberries as a normal food in your meals will help eliminate contaminants such as pesticides, fertilizers, heavy metals and also other toxins produced by our own metabolism.
We must not forget that vitamin C facilitates iron absorption and contributes to the formation of collagen.
Wild strawberries are more aromatic than cultivated ones , although its size is much smaller.
Main food properties
The red color of strawberries is due to the presence of anthocyanins, pigments that also have antioxidant properties able to prevent the onset of many degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Besides these components, we must mention the presence of more than 15 anticancer components (acids: p-Coumaric acid, chlorogenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, salicylic acid, niacin, pectin, etc.)
Their role in preventing the development of this disease has been quite remarkable. Eating strawberries can help neutralize the presence of nitrosamine compounds that are formed by toxins in food and may trigger cancer diseases.
Strawberries is recommended in depurative diets
The antioxidant capacity, combined with its diuretic ability and its low calorific value, are the main reasons why this food is considered one of the best for cleansing diets and especially in spring diets.
Its ability to cleanse the colon and stimulate the liver and bladder makes it an ideal aid to digest the fats, so it is appropriate to include in the heavy meals because it aids digestion and reduces the feeling of heaviness that accompanies this type of food.
The purifying properties of strawberries are not only focused on the digestive or urinary system. Its ability to cleanse and regenerate the heart and blood make it an ally in the prevention of diseases of the heart and arteries. Some research studies have shown that a serving of strawberries or other berries, like raspberries , currants or cranberries, can reduce up to 40% the chances of heart attacks or strokes.
Initially it was thought that this property was due to its potassium content, but now it is believed that the presence of antioxidants confers it these properties. In particular, it should be highlighted the role of anthocyanins as protectors of the walls of blood vessels, because they confer them greater strength and flexibility, which protects them against breakage.
Main properties of strawberries:
Strawberries with disinfectant properties
Without equaling the same extraordinary figures of citrus or of some berries such as gooseberries, strawberries are rich in citric acid, a component with proven disinfectant, antiseptic and bacteriostatic properties . For its ability to acidify urine and prevent the development of microorganisms that can cause urinary tract infections.
Likewise, the power of this component to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the intestines makes it an ideal support to protect against intestinal infections that cause diarrhea, putrefaction, flatulence and intestinal discomfort.
The vulnerary and antibacterial capacity of strawberry juice has been traditionally used for external skin care. Wounds, pimples, skin blemishes even have benefited from the application of this liquid on the skin.
Strawberries protect the skin, hair and nails
Very often it is necessary to use strawberry juice , because the purifying capacity of this fruit has on the blood, Strawberries clean the skin and make skin imperfections do not even appear on it.
Keep in mind that your skin is the organ in which is most clearly manifested all bodily weaknesses. The protection of melanin in the skin is of great help in the prevention of spots, freckles, acne, etc.
The anthocyanins in strawberries also protect the collagen in the skin, allowing to maintain its structure. Eating strawberries will help us keep the skin smooth and shiny and decrease the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, sagging or other imperfections of this body.
The consumption of strawberries is very appropriate for some women's diseases. Thus, for example, boron content, can be able to stimulate estrogen production, its consumption is recommended during menopause and ellagic acid content is a good preventive of breast cancer.
External protective capacity of strawberries not only focuses on the skin but in all areas of this organ such as hair and nails. It helps to protect your nails and keep them in good condition, so they should be taken into account if you have brittle nails, yellow nails , streaks or other imperfections in them
Regarding the hair, it should be noted that the consumption of strawberries, for its high content in copper, does not only helps keep your hair healthier, which will contribute to your hair grow, but they will also and prevent baldness. The very high content of manganese will protect it against the onset of gray hair.
Food properties of strawberry leaves
This plant could be included to some extent within the edible wild or cultivated plants . The young leaves can be eaten as a vegetable.