THE STRAWBERRY SERIES: NUTRITION
Strawberries are synonymous with summer, not just in Britain but in countries
around the world. Now that Wimbledon Tennis is over, and strawberries are on offer again, it's a great time to take advantage of delicious homegrown strawberries and I thought over the next couple of weeks, I would write a series of posts dedicated to strawberries. In addition to some information about the nutritional properties of strawberries, I'll also be sharing with you some of my favourite summer strawberry recipes.
Aside from being fragrantly sweet and juicy when ripe and packed with high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Cancer is often the cause of chronic excessive oxidative stress and inflammation so given the high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients in strawberries, it’s unsurprising that they are cancer preventative too.
Most of the studies demonstrate that strawberries are cancer preventative in breast, colon, cervical and oesophageal cancer. The tumour inhibiting nature of strawberries lies in their high levels of phytonutrients , particularly ellagic acid and ellagitannins . These compounds boost the antioxidant activity of enzymes, which are key in cancer prevention by detoxifying free radicals, modulation of gene expression in cell proliferation, survival and metabolism and protect and repair DNA damage. Finally, strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese which are important for antioxidant actions.
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