With winter well and truly underway, now is the perfect time to get your hands on some immunity boosting Vitamin C.
Yet before you reach for those oranges, you might want to consider grabbing a cup (125g) of fresh strawberries instead.
While Vitamin C doesn’t cure the common cold, it has been shown to shorten the recovery time.
Having a daily source of Vitamin C is an essential part of a healthy diet as it cannot be stored by the human body.
Not only does it promote normal growth and development in areas such as skin, cardiovascular health, and immunity, it also encourages the production of white blood cells which help to protect the body against infection.
Strawberries contain nutrients that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier against environmental factors like UVB damage and Vitamin C, in particular, shortens the healing time of wounds and helps our bodies fight inflammation.
Consuming strawberries before a workout is also said to increase endurance and help burn calories as they’re a low energy, nutrient dense fruit with only 135kJ per 125g serving, making them the ideal healthy snack.
Strawberries are also great for expectant mums as they’re a source of folic acid, approximately 41.25µg per serving, which helps prevent neural tube defects during the beginning stages of pregnancy.
And did you know that strawberries don’t continue to ripen after picking? The dark red fruit is actually a sign of it being super-rich in minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients.