This fruit is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Strawberries contain a plant sterol called Lupeol (or Fagarsterol), which is also found in White Cabbage, Green Pepper, Olive, Mangoes and Grapes. One study found it has very very strong anti inflammatory abilities, which makes strawberries and the other foods where Lupeol is found, very good fighters of inflammation and inflammatory diseases like arthritis, Alzheimer’s and most of all cancer.
Strawberries also have the ability to act as a COX inhibitor, just like NSAID drugs such as Asprin, Ibuprofin and Celebrex 1,2.
Note: Strawberries should not be used as an equal alternative to these medications but rather to assist medications like the ones previously listed.
On top of that, strawberries also contain other very powerful antioxidants like ellagic acid, catechins, quercetin and kaempferol, all of which have been shown to fight off or prevent many different cancers8 . In addition, some of these antioxidants can also help reduce blood lipid (fat) levels5. These qualities may make strawberries one of the most powerful disease fighting foods that’s readily available to all of us2.
One study led by Dr. William Li7 has shown that ellagic acid may be a very very powerful cancer fighter because it may slow or even stop angiogenesis at concentration levels that we can obtain just by eating the fruit as opposed to taking supplements.
Strawberries contain fistin, which is an antioxidant that can help improve your memory and may help you think more quickly.
They also contain melatonin, which is an important chemical in the brain that regulates sleep. So, if you’re having a hard time sleeping you can try eating some Strawberries couple of hours or so before going to bed. Other foods that can help you sleep by increasing the melatonin in your body. It’s better to do this hours before you go to sleep to give your body time to build up melatonin. Learn more about foods that can help you sleep.
Strawberries are also natural teeth whiteners and plaque removers3.
Freeze dried strawberries according to one large study may help prevent esophageal cancer and they also have 10x the antioxidants as regular strawberries. Black raspberries also seem to have this same quality.
On top of all the health benefits of strawberries, they have 140% of your daily value of Vitamin C per cup.
All in all, eating 1 cup of strawberries per day should give you all of the health benefits of the fruit.
- Saleem M. Lupeol, a novel anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer dietary triterpene. Cancer Letters. November 28, 2009;285(2):109-115.
- Hannum S. Potential impact of strawberries on human health: a review of the science. Critical Reviews In Food Science And Nutrition. 2004;44(1):1-17.
- The Dr. Oz Show
- Carlton P. S., Kresty L. A., Siglin J. S., Morse M. A., Lu J., Morgan C., Stoner G. D. Inhibition of N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine-induced tumorigenesis in the rat esophagus by dietary freeze-dried strawberries. Carcinogenesis (Lond.), 22: 101-106, 2001
- Jaroslawska J, Juskiewicz J, Wroblewska M, Jurgonski A, Krol B, Zdunczyk Z. Polyphenol-rich strawberry pomace reduces serum and liver lipids and alters gastrointestinal metabolite formation in fructose-fed rats. The Journal Of Nutrition. October 2011;141(10):1777-1783.
- TEDtalks, Li, W, Can we eat to starve cancer? located at http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html
- Srinivasan, Marimuthu, Adluri R. Sudheer, and Venugopal P. Menon. “Ferulic acid: therapeutic potential through its antioxidant property.” Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition 40.2 (2007): 92.