Strawberries help reduce the severity of colds and boost the immune system
wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock The strawberry is packed with vitamin C, a vitamin 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 just eight a day delivers more vitamin C than an orange and gives you 140 percent of your daily requirement for the powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to reduce the severity of colds. “When it comes to your immune system, vitamin C has become a celebrity, especially with some products that claim it helps when you get sick,” says Angel Planells, RD, 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. “You will be less likely to get ill and will recover quicker.” Strawberries also contain polyphenols, compounds with antioxidant properties, which have been shown to protect against the influenza virus and even stave off Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Salmonella infections. Antioxidants are more than just the color of food, they are in the flesh of the fruit, explains integrative dietitian Katie Cavuto, spokesperson for the California Strawberry Comission. “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 more ways to make a cold less miserable.
Strawberries help with weight control
Artem Oleshko/Shutterstock According to a recent study, strawberries may help prevent weight gain and are one of many fruits that if eaten on a daily basis can help with weight loss. The study notes that the flavonoids in a strawberry may prevent age-related weight gain by helping to stimulate metabolism and reduce appetite. Here are other fruits that can help you lose pounds.