These potent little packages protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer.

The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you.

Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food.

They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange.

Choose medium-sized berries that are firm, plump, and deep red; once picked, they don’t ripen further.

First cultivated in ancient Rome, strawberries are now the most popular berry fruit in the world.

In provincial France, they were regarded as an aphrodisiac. These red gems may be good for your heart in more ways than one.

Nutrition Value

– Calories: 91 – Protein: 0.67 gram – Fat: 0.3 gram – Carbohydrates: 7.68 grams – Fiber: 2 grams – Sugar: 4.89 grams

A 100 gram serving of strawberry contains:

The polyphenols in strawberries have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic adults.

Strawberries have anti-inflammatory effects that may prevent skin damage when applied topically.


In one small study, strawberry-based cosmetic treatments protected skin exposed to harmful  Ultraviolet A (UVA)-radiation, especially in combination with Coenzyme Q10.