Strawberries may boost the immune system
The strawberry is packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that plays a crucial role in supporting a healthy immune system. While our bodies cannot produce vitamin C, we can get it by eating foods such as strawberries. Eating a cup a day gives you 100 percent of your daily requirement for the powerful antioxidant. “When it comes to your immune system, vitamin C is a celebrity, especially with some products that claim it helps when you get sick,” says Angel Planells, RD, a Seattle-based spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Yet, instead of boosting your vitamin C when you are sick, try to have it on a regular basis, he says.
Strawberries also contain polyphenols, compounds with antioxidant properties, which may protect against the influenza virus and even stave off Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Salmonella. Antioxidants are more than just the color of food, they are in the flesh of the fruit, says Katie Cavuto, RD, an integrative dietitian in Philadelphia. “Eating antioxidants is like eating an army of vacuum cleaners—they course through our body and eat up free radicals that cause disease.” (Find out some ways to make a cold less miserable.)
Strawberries may help with weight control
According to a study published in 2016 in BMJ, strawberries may help prevent weight gain and are one of many fruits that help with weight loss if eaten on a daily basis. The flavonoids in a strawberry may help prevent age-related weight gain. Here are other fruits that can help you lose pounds.