Just one of the fantastic super fruits, alongside it’s pals the blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and a few more others.
So you just know it’s going to be chock full of nutrients and all of the interesting plant chemicals.
Now, let’s see what they can do for you and answer the question ‘Are strawberry smoothies good for you?’ at the same time for you.
Strawberries nutrient profile
Like the other berries, strawberries are a concentrated source of nutrients and so, just one cup of strawberries contains all of this below:
- Over a quarter of your daily manganese
- Some folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, phosphorous and more
- Well over your daily needs for Vitamin C
- A slew of B vitamins
- Pre-vitamin A in the form of Beta-carotene
- Some vitamin E and K
As you would expect from the berry family, strawberries also contain a lot of antioxidants, sitting close to blueberries which is deemed to have the highest level of antioxidants.
Every day we are being exposed to oxidants that cause stress to our cells, and if they’re in excess, they can start to damage these cells.
Some would even say that never before have we been exposed to as much as oxidative stress as we are in this time.
By eating and making antioxidants (yes, we make our own), we are able to protect our cells from this damage (hopefully).
One cup of strawberries contains more than your daily need of vitamin C and close to 90% of your pre-vitamin A.
These are both antioxidants.
On top of that, strawberries also contain the flavonoid antioxidants anthocyanin and catechin.
These antioxidants all assist in strawberries many beneficial health effects.
For instance, antioxidants can help to prevent cholesterol oxidization, which can improve the functioning of our blood vessels, reduce plaque build-up in the arteries and so much more.
Interestingly, strawberries also appear to help with reducing arthritic pain from using their antioxidant capabilities.
A benefit shared with only a few others in the berry family is that diets high in berries have been shown to positively affect mental ageing.
This seems to be due, in part, to the antioxidant status of the berries.
On top of the antioxidants, strawberries, like other berries, contain over a quarter of your manganese needs in just 1 cup.
This is another important mineral for your brain and nervous system health.
Strawberries are also a decent source of folate, though should be consumed with other folate containing foods to get in your RDI.
Unless you feel like eating 11 cups of strawberries to hit that folate goal of course, but no judgement here form us if you do.
Folate is important in many cellular functions and as we know, optimal folate levels are also crucial for a healthy pregnancy.
Finally, consumption of low GI fruits, including strawberries, was found to lower long term blood sugar levels in diabetics.
The good news for you and your smoothies!
After reading through the above and finally getting to this point, you’d have to say to yourself (either verbally or with your inner voice), that strawberry smoothies are good for you.
So now we have to move into the next question which is, what’s the best way to get strawberries into your smoothie?
Well, as you can imagine, there is no one best way, but there are certainly plenty of easy and fantastic ways.
The easy way is to buy your strawberries, either fresh or frozen, depending on the season is ok and then adding these into your smoothies.
Talk about a ready-made refreshing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory hit!
What’s your favourite way to enjoy strawberries and what’s your go-to strawberry smoothie recipe (if you have one)?
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