Health Benefits of Strawberry Juice

August 1, 2013

Strawberry Juice Health BenefitsLentils and beans may give out the misconception that healthy, natural, and delectable don’t mix. However this misconception may have forgotten a lot of other things like fruits, particularly those tropical, red ones: strawberries.

In need of something refreshing on a hot summer day? Lemonade. Tired of lemonade? Try strawberry juice. It’s the next best thing after chocolates. The good thing about strawberries is that they not only look good, they taste good. What’s more, they are good for you, in every way. Read on to find out why.

First, strawberry juice is definitely a go-to when you’re looking for antioxidants. Forget your caffeine problem—with strawberry juice, you’ve got a completely natural way to cleanse and detoxify your body, and it leaves you feeling healthy and refreshed both at the same time. It also helps battle damaged cells and DNA. Still not convinced? In several studies, strawberries have been ranked as one of the highest (if not the best) sources of antioxidants. A cup of fresh strawberries typically contain 40 grams of manganese, which is considered a prime source of antioxidants.

Next, strawberry juice is known to help regulate your body’s blood sugar. Feeling antsy because of low blood sugar? A glass of strawberry juice would help a lot—after a meal, of course. Strawberries have been proven to be effective in fighting high cholesterol levels, and in optimizing glycemic reactions such as diabetes. Drinking a glass of juice or replacing your usual dessert platter with a glass of strawberry juice would greatly help since they contain less sugar and less carbohydrates, therefore keeping your blood sugar levels stable and healthy.

Strawberries, too, are a great source of phytonutrients, or the nutrients responsible for keeping you healthy against inflammatory diseases such as asthma. The anti-inflammatory properties of strawberries work better when taken regularly, so a daily glass of strawberry juice would help reduce chances of asthma, rhinitis, and other inflammatory disorders getting to you.

According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website, strawberries are ranked among the best sources of dietary fiber. For a cup of strawberries (roughly 144 grams), you get 2.88 grams of fiber, which merits an excellent rating from the site. Fiber is especially helpful not only in cleansing the body of unwanted agents of substances (like cancer-causing carcinogens) but also in improving digestion and the production of the body’s ‘good compounds’.

Also, of course, drinking a glass of strawberry juice daily could increase your chances of battling cancer-causing agents, since strawberries are excellent carriers of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties particularly target breast, colon, esophageal, and cervical cancer.

Strawberries are outstanding sources of Vitamin C, which, if you would remember, is primarily responsible for boosting your immune system, hence protecting you from all sorts of sicknesses and infections. Even more outstanding is the fact that strawberries have been found to be the best source of Vitamin C among all fruits, meaning, if you drink at least a glass of strawberry juice a day, chances are your immune system would boost up even greater than with any other fruit drink you would have otherwise chosen.

The benefits don’t end there. Cardio-wise, strawberries and cardiovascular benefits apparently work side-by-side. Strawberries help decrease the fats in the cells lining our blood vessels, and also help reduce the levels of fats inside the body, which is directly proportional to the level of cholesterol present in our system. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure as it regulates the blood flow in the body.

So throw in a cup or two of strawberries into your blender or juicer, add water, and you’re good to go. Strawberries are the new apples, so to keep the doctor away, try a glass of strawberry juice every day!

 

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