American Cancer Institute recommends a healthy dose of strawberriesPublished 10:31am Friday, May 18, 2012
Eating strawberries is also recommended by the American Cancer Institute as part of their 5-a-day program to reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. Strawberries contain “ellagic acid,” which can help fight cancers. Ellagic acid is a natural phenol antioxidant found in several fruits and vegetables like blackberries, raspberries, pecans, walnuts, cranberries, grapes, pomegranates and strawberries, among other foods.
What research shows is ellagic acid prevents cancer cells from replicating and allows them to go through normal apoptosis (cell death), without harming healthy cells. Ellagic acid also shows promise in helping control high blood pressure.
Also, flavonoids which form part of the strawberry’s color help reduce artery clogging cholesterol. Strawberries are great for those trying to watch their weight too, because they’re fat free and one cup only contains 55 calories. Strawberries can help whiten teeth too, because of the acids they contain.
They can even help reduce inflammation of sunburn. Just combine strawberry juice with a little honey and rub the mixture thoroughly into the skin before rinsing off with warm water and lemon juice.
So enjoy loads of fresh strawberries all summer. The peak season is between April and October. Careful in your handling of the berries though. Capping, injuring, cutting or juicing will reduce a strawberry’s nutrient content.
Diet or exercise question? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit fitness4yourlife.org. David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and personal trainer for 26 years.
He served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the S.C. state champion girls gymnastic team, USC-Spartanburg baseball team, Converse college equestrian team, lead trainer to L.H. Fields modeling agency, and taught four semesters at USC-Union. David was also, a regular guest of the Pam Stone radio show.