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Packed with vitamins, fibre, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are also a good source of manganese and potassium.

Immune booster: Just one serving, about eight strawberries, provides more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant.

Eye health: The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts-the clouding over of the eye lens, which can lead to blindness in older age. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens.

Keep wrinkles at bay: The power of vitamin C in strawberries continues, as it is vital to the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. Since we loose collagen as we age, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, younger looking skin. But vitamin C isn’t the only naturally occuring wrinkle fighter found in strawberries. Researchers at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea concluded that ellagic acid visibly prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory response, two major factors in the development of wrinkles in human skin cells, after continued exposure to skin damageing UV-B rays.

Reduce inflammation: The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in strawberries may help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that women who eat 16 or more strawberries per week are 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)-an indication of inflammation in the body.

Fight bad cholesterol: Strawberries also contain powerful heart health boosters.  Ellagic acid and flavonoids, or phytochemicals, can provide an antioxidant effect that can benefit heart health in various ways.  One way includes counteracting the effect of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL-bad cholesterol in the blood, which causes plaque to build up in arteries. A second way is that they provide an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also good for the heart.  Researchers at the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre in Toronto studied the effect of strawberries on a cholesterol-lowering diet and concluded that adding strawberries to the diet reduced oxidative damage, as well as blood lipids - both of which play a role in heart disease and diabetes.

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