Secret Side Effects of Eating Strawberries

1 Your skin may glow.
Five large strawberries contain nearly 100% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is necessary to make collagen, which helps to keep skin soft and supple. Strawberries' vitamin C, as well as their polyphenols (antioxidants), help to fight off free radical damage and inflammation, helping skin to look more radiant and youthful and helping to calm acne flare-ups for a more radiant complexion.

2 Your blood pressure may go down.
Strawberries are a good source of potassium which can help to lower blood pressure by counteracting the negative effects of sodium. Strawberries also contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, which have been found to help reduce blood pressure.
If you can eat just a cup of strawberries each week, research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that you can lower your risk of high blood pressure. Added bonus: You can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by lowering blood pressure.

3 You may reduce your risk of cancer.
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants that can prevent free radicals from causing cell damage that can lead to cancer. Ellagic acid, one of the powerful antioxidants in strawberries, has been shown to suppress cancer cell growth.
Strawberries are also higher than any fruit or vegetable in fisetin, a flavonoid that has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties and that may stop the growth of cancer.

4 You'll support your eye health.
Believe it or not, strawberries can keep your eyes in tip-top shape as you age. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps to protect against age-related eye disease and keeps the blood vessels and tissues around your eyes healthy. The phytonutrients and folate in strawberries help to fight against cataracts.

5 You may lose weight.
Strawberries may help you slim down, especially if you snack on them in favor of candy or cookies. With three grams of fiber and only 50 calories in a cup of strawberries, you'll be filling up a fiber-rich, low-calorie naturally sweet treat. Not only will the fiber help to stabilize blood sugar and control cravings, but you'll also likely crowd out other snacks and desserts that are a lot higher in calories, fat and sugar and lower in fiber and that contribute to weight gain.

6 Your stomach may get upset.
If you're not used to eating fibrous foods and you eat a large quantity of strawberries, you may experience heartburn, diarrhea, reflux, or bloating, just as some people experience after eating too much of any fruit.
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