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Strawberry Health Benefits And Nutrition Values


The strawberry is an accessory fruit as discussed earlier; that is, the fleshy part is derived not from the ovaries (which are the "seeds", actually achene) but from the peg at the bottom of the hypanthia that held the ovaries. So from a technical standpoint it could be that, the actual fruits of the plant are the seeds, and the flesh of the strawberry is a vegetable. It is greenish-white as it develops and in most species turns red when ripe. The rosette growth of these plants is a well-known characteristic. Most of the species send out long slender runners that actually produce a new bud at the extremity. The leaves typically have three leaflets, but the number of leaflets may be five or one.

Strawberry


Minerals:
Nutrient
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Calcium
24.3mg
2%
Iron
0.6mg
3%
Magnesium
19.8mg
5%
Phosphorus
36.5mg
4%
Potassium
233mg
7%
Sodium
1.5mg
0%
Zinc
0.2mg 
1%
Copper
0.1mg 
4%
Manganese
0.6mg
29%
Selenium
0.6mcg  
1%
Fluoride
6.7mcg
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Calorie Information:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Calories
48.6(203 kJ)
2%
Carbohydrate
41.4(173 kJ)
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Fat
3.8(15.9 kJ)
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Protein
3.4(14.2 kJ)
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Alcohol
0.0(0.0 kJ)
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Sterols:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Cholesterol
0.0mg
0%
Phytosterols
18.2mg
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Fats & Fatty Acids:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Total Fat
0.5g
1%
Saturated Fat
0.0g
0%
Monounsaturated Fat
0.1g
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Polyunsaturated Fat
0.2g
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Total trans fatty acids
~
~
Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
~
~
Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
~
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Total Omega-3 fatty acids
98.8mg
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Total Omega-6 fatty acids
137mg
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Vitamins:
Nutrient
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Vitamin A
18.2IU
0%
Vitamin C
89.4mg
149%
Vitamin D
~
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Vitamin E(AlphaTocopherol)
0.4mg
2%
Vitamin K
3.3mcg
4%

Thiamin

0.0mg
2%
Riboflavin
0.0mg
2%
Niacin
0.6mg
3%
Vitamin B6
60.1mg
4%
Folate
36.5mcg
9%
Vitamin B12
120.0mcg
0%
Pantothenic Acid
0.2mg
2%
Choline
8.7mg
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Betaine
0.3mg
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Carbohydrates:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Total Carbohydrate

11.7g

4%

Dietary Fiber

3.0g
12%
Starch
0.1g
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Sugars
7.4g
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Protein & Amino Acids:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Protein
1.0g
2%
Others:
Nutrients
Amounts/Selected Serving
DV%
Alcohol
0.0g
~
Water
138g
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Ash
0.6g
~
Caffeine
0.0mg
~
Theobromine
0.0mg
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PERSON WHOM MAY CONSUME STRAWBERRY:
  • Eye Care
  • The primary reasons for the problems of eyes are free radicals and deficiency of certain nutrients, the harmful oxidants or free radicals cause heavy damage on our eyes, such as drying up of eyes, degeneration of optical nerves, Macular degeneration, vision defects and make them prone to infections too. The anti oxidants such as vitamin-C, Flavonoids, Phenolic Phytochemicals and Elagic Acid, present in strawberries can help to avoid this situation to a great extent. One more factor is ocular pressure, i.e. the pressure of the eyes. Any disturbance in it is also harmful for the eyes. Here too, strawberries are helpful as they contain potassium, which help maintain right pressure.

  • Brain Function
  • It is a common that old people tend to lose their memory and control over their activities, limbs, because of aging of their brain and the nervous system. The free radicals, the agents very much responsible for aging, have a very adverse effect on these systems. Due to them, the brain tissues start degenerating and the nerves get weaker. Strawberries can help you out. The vitamin-C and the phytochemicals in them neutralize the effect of these oxidants and also rejuvenate the system. One more thing, strawberries are rich in iodine too, which is very helpful for proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Strawberries are very good in potassium and magnesium content, due to this substance it can able to reduce the blood pressure which is caused by sodium.

  • Cancer
  • Strawberries are a great source of an antioxidant phytochemical called ellagic acid. Although research is limited with humans (but not obsolete) there have been a number of studies undertaken, and in test tubes that have all provided powerful evidence for the anti-cancer effects of ellagic acid. In fact the ellagic acid in strawberries benefits helps us to fight against cancer in two ways. First of all, ellagic acid helps inhibit the growth of tumor cells by inhibiting carcinogenic chemicals that try to bind with our DNA. Second, the powerful antioxidant actions of ellagic acid prevents free radicals from damaging cells, such cell damage is a risk factor for cancer developing. They proved that those that ate at least one strawberry per day were two thirds less likely to die of cancer than those who only ate one or no strawberries per week.

    As free radical damage of our cells is becoming a more and more well researched and accepted cause of cancer, then it is good to know that there is a variety of free radical fighting antioxidants in strawberries in addition to ellagic acid. These antioxidants include quercetin, ellagitannins, Kaempferol, anthocyanins and the famous vitamin C.

  • Heart Benefit
  • There are actually a number of important nutrients in strawberries that to help protect us from the heart disease. Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants for protecting LDL cholesterol from the oxidative damage inflicted by free radicals in the blood stream. This protection significantly helps us from developing arteriosclerosis, one risk factor in the development of heart disease. If LDL cholesterol does become damaged by free radicals then it will attach to the artery wall and start forming into a plaque that hardens and narrows the artery walls – this is what arteriosclerosis is. Arteriosclerosis raises blood pressure and reduces blood flow to the heart which can result in angina and a possible heart attack.

    Strawberries contain two minerals that are necessary for heart health known as potassium and magnesium. These minerals are needed for the heart muscles and the muscles of arteries to contract and relax in a healthy manner. This helps to maintain good blood pressure levels or lower blood pressure in those with hypertension. If potassium levels gets too low in the body we are at risk of suffering a ‘low potassium heart attack’.

    The high fiber content of strawberries is another ingredient that helps in heart health. A high fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Actually binds with cholesterol in the intestines and excretes it out in our feces. If we don’t have enough fiber in our diet then some of this cholesterol will get absorbed into the bloodstream.



  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anthocyanins in strawberries help us to fight heart disease in two ways. As antioxidants, anthocyanins protect the artery walls from free radical damage that can cause inflammation that can lead to arteriosclerosis, and then most surprisingly, anthocyanins help to improve the structural integrity of our artery walls by strengthening collagen. This also helps to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis from developing.

  • Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
  • In addition to this, the antioxidant qualities of strawberries may also beneficial in reversing the course of neuronal and behavioural aging. Due to their positive effects against anti-neurodegenerative diseases, strawberries are helpful in slowing the onset and reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Digestion
  • Strawberry leaves are commonly used to improve digestion and balance the acids and bases throughout the digestive tract of your body to relieve from symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Strawberry leaves contain tannins, bio-molecules that bind proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and compounds with a low pH that may place excess stress on your digestive system. Strawberry leaves may help to prevent upset stomach, and reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

  • Arthritis & Gout
  • The degeneration of muscles and tissues, drying up of fluid which help in mobility of the joints and accumulation of toxic substances and acids are some of the ill effects of free radicals present in our body, are primarily responsible for Arthritis and Gout. Strawberries, with their team of anti oxidants and detoxifiers, can effectively helps to push away such health hazards forever. It is a famous saying in India that a serving of any fruit a day will remove the rust from the joints. It is very true for strawberries.

    Compounds found in strawberry leaves, called natural diuretic caffeic acid, may help to pull water out of your joints, which can alleviate pain and swelling associated with conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. Arthritis is a chronic joint disorder that involves chronic inflammation of your body's joints, while rheumatism is a nonspecific form of chronic joint pain. Inflammation is caused by excess fluid retention in the soft tissues surrounding your joints, causing stiffness, pain and a loss of mobility.


PERSON WHOM MAY NOT CONSUME STRAWBERRY:
  • Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
  • Strawberry is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women but larger medicinal amounts should be avoided.



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