Strawberries are my favorite summertime fruit. Loaded with vitamin C, iodine, potassium, folate and vitamins B2, B5 & B6 as well as vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper, they are fiber-rich nutrient-packed fruit. They also have the potential to help with inflammation to help with arthritic pain.
Recent studies have found strawberries helpful in reducing inflammation and pain for those who experience bone and joint pain disorders like arthritis. Rich in polyphenols strawberries helps reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Strawberries have also been found to lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. High CRP levels are associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were less likely to have elevated levels of the protein. These health benefits of strawberries come from fruit that’s either fresh or frozen. For strawberries to make an impact on your bone and joint health, try to incorporate them into your diet daily, 4 to 5 times a week.
So go ahead – slice some sweet strawberries on your cereal, add them to yogurt, or enjoy them alone as a snack or dessert.
Now it’s your turn: How do you like to eat your strawberries?