One of the best parts of welcoming summer is the abundant availability of strawberries. They are beautiful to look at and a sweet treat in the middle of a hot day. They can be used in so many ways, but straight out of the garden is our favorite way to enjoy them.
Strawberries have a multitude of health benefits. One Harvard study found that eating these beautiful berries regularly will give you a healthy dose of anthocyanins, found to reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 32 percent. Strawberries also contain a natural anti-inflammatory called flavonoid quercetin, shown to protect bodies against the damage caused by LDL cholesterol.
Strawberries also contain powerful antioxidants which help your body fight free radicals, halting the grown of tumors and decreasing inflammation. They are also high in potassium, a needed electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure, reduces the formation of kidney stones, protects against muscle loss, and more.
Although sweet, strawberries are low on the glycemic index and they are high in fiber. This helps them regulate blood sugar, keeping it stable by avoiding extreme highs and lows. They are also a great source of folic acid, making them great for expectant mothers.
Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, a necessary vitamin required for the production of collagen. The more you eat, the better your production of collagen, the main structural protein in your connective tissues. It gives your skin strength and elasticity and is responsible for replacing dead skin cells.
Vitamin C also plays an important role in the function of your immune system. Many of the cells of the immune system accumulate the needed vitamin C to perform their tasks appropriately. This means that a deficiency in vitamin C results in reduced resistance to certain pathogens.
All of these incredible facts add up one fascinating fruit. Get yourself a cup of strawberries, have a seat, and keep reading our incredible blog. Reading about healthy fruits and veggies will make you hungry for more.
Here is one way to enjoy strawberries this summer...
Strawberry Mojito Sparkling Water
Put 4 sliced strawberries and mint leaves in a glass and crush them until the fruit is broken up and the leaves are bruised. Add ice to your glass. Pour the lime sparkling water over your ice. Add the lime slices and the last of the strawberry slices to the drink.
Garnish with fresh mint and a strawberry.
Enjoy your new favorite Mock-tail.
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.