Strawberries – A Red, Romantic Valentine’s Day Fruit
Strawberries are the perfect Valentine’s Day fruit. They are shaped similar to hearts and they are also the colour of romance and love – red. In addition to this, strawberries are loaded with health boosting nutrients. In this article I discuss how strawberries can enhance your health on Valentine’s Day by looking at some of the key nutrients they contain.
Ellagic acid is a promising nutrient that can be found in strawberries. At the moment most of its proposed health benefits are based on animal studies and more human trials are needed before they can be confirmed. However, the available evidence indicates that ellagic acid may prevent cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. It may also protect the liver, help wounds to heal more quickly and strengthen your immune system.
Coumarin is another nutrient that can be found in strawberries. It has a long list of potential health benefits in humans but further research is needed before they can be confirmed. These potential health benefits include providing pain relief, helping the blood to clot and reducing inflammation. Coumarin may also protect against irregular heartbeats, cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and asthma.
Strawberries are a very good source of health boosting iodine. This natural nutrient boosts the health of your thyroid gland and supports the production of thyroid hormones. Iodine also regulates your metabolism and promotes the development of strong hair, nails, skin and teeth. Finally, it stimulates the development of a healthy immune system in foetuses.
Vitamin C is yet another health promoting nutrient that can be found in strawberries. It helps the body produce collagen, boosts the immune system and keeps the body’s cells safe from oxidative damage. Some provisional studies also suggest that vitamin C may be able to prevent cancer.
Strawberries are a brilliant source of manganese. The main function of this healthy nutrient is to activate enzymes within the body and control various internal chemical reactions. Manganese also keeps your nervous system and reproductive system healthy, helps your body break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats and stabilises your blood glucose levels.
Summary & Serving Suggestions
Strawberries are a sweet, refreshing, health boosting fruit that look and feel like they were made for Valentine’s Day. Not only do they supply you with plenty of nutrients but they can also be enjoyed in countless ways. If you are stuck for ideas on how to eat your strawberries check out some of the Valentine’s Day themed serving suggestions below:
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Dips:- Melt some dark chocolate in a pan and prepare a bowl of strawberries for you and your Valentine’s Day date. Take it in turns to dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and then lovingly feed each other.
Strawberries & Cream:- This is an oldie but a classic. Simply take some strawberries, chop them into chunks, place them in a bowl then add a little cream.