If there is one fruit that no one can say ‘no’ to, that’s probably strawberry. The colour, the flavour, or the shape? What makes strawberries so attractive? I am yet to find the answer to this but once we get hold of a bowl of strawberries, I am sure we can’t stop with just one.
Strawberries are a storehouse for vitamin C. They are abundant in Vitamin C and contain small quantities of Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. Potassium is another important component present in these delicious berries. It also has Carbohydrates and dietary fiber and hence makes a good breakfast option.
Health benefits of strawberries
Key health benefits of strawberries have been outlined below.
Lowers blood pressure
The potassium in strawberries helps to lower the blood pressure by reducing the impact of sodium. This reduction in blood pressure in turn results in preventing strokes.
Boosts immunity – presence of anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants are high in strawberries due to the abundance of Vitamin C. The anti-oxidants helps to fight against infections and thereby prevent diseases. Strawberries are a healthy breakfast and snack choice for kids since they improve vision and also boost immunity in kids.
Strawberries also have good amounts of zinc which are essential for the overall development of your child.
Word of caution: Some kids are allergic to strawberries. So do test once with very little amounts and if no allergic reaction is seen, then you could give them strawberries to feast on.
Regulates blood sugar
Contrary to what many think, strawberries are actually good for people with type 2 diabetes. You could cut some strawberries, mix them in lean yoghurt and have like a dessert.
Since the carbohydrate content in berries are really less, most berries are good for people with type 2 diabetes.
Prevents loss of memory
Studies show that the antioxidants present in strawberries helps to delay and prevent cognitive problems and help to delay or even prevent the loss of memory in older adults.
The same property (Anthocyanin pigments) also helps to fight against free radicals and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Healthy strawberry recipes
Strawberry and coconut shake – Remedy for all digestion related problems
As a child I used to love milk shakes. The fruit used in the milk shake (or smoothie as it is referred to) did not bother me as long as it had milk in it. Till a few years ago, my restaurant order was not complete without a smoothie or a milkshake. But then on a afateful Saturday afternoon, I came to know that Ayurveda does not advice dairy and fruit be taken together and that milk shakes were actually not good for your digestive system.
Further research and probing helped to understand that, since by nature fruits are sweet and gentle on the digestive system, dairy tends to be heavy. It is for this reason that the two do not go together. During research for one of the article for this very website, I learnt that coconut is a berry! And voila, here is a berry smoothie that not only satisfies your love for a milk shake, but also helps to reduce digestion problems and anything connected to the ‘pitta dosha’.
- Milk extracted from one coconut
- 7-8 strawberries
- Palm sugar
- In a blender, pour the coconut milk.
- Add strawberries and little palm sugar or honey.
- Blend till smooth.
My suggestion would always be to chew and eat any food rather than drinking. But if you would prefer a smoothie for breakfast, you could do the below.
- Strawberries (6 – 8 nos)
- Beetroot (Half)
- Mint leaves
- Small piece of ginger (half an inch long)
- Chop the beetroot and strawberries into rough slices.
- Grate the ginger piece.
- Blend the slices along with 10 -12 mint leaves and grated ginger well.
Drink this for breakfast for a healthy start to the day.
Since strawberries have a lot of anti-inflammatory enzymes, this smoothie can help to reduce pain due to minor bruises. This smoothie can also benefit those with muscle and joint pains.
Include strawberries in a breakfast or evening fruit salad. You could blue berries, kiwis, banana or any other fruit of your choice. All these fruits also go well with corn flakes, muesli or any other breakfast cereal choice. This is a very good option for pregnant women since it gives them lot of folate and essential nutrition and is great for the baby.
Word of caution: The demand for strawberries have made them a great money churner. You unfortunately get a lot of strawberries in the market that are non-organic and contain too many chemicals. These are not good for your health and you’d be better off eating no strawberries at all. So, even if expensive, try to eat organic strawberries – always!