Probably one of the most popular fruits you will see being eaten are strawberries, along with blueberries and bananas - especially in North America. Many people love strawberries for their flavour - a nice mix of sweet and sour. Strawberries also make for a great blended shake ingredient because they go so well with many other fruits, especially sweeter ones like bananas.
So what exactly are the practical health benefits of eating strawberries daily?
1. Help with fat burning
This is a great benefit especially for any jiu-jitsu competitors that are cutting weight. The red coloring of strawberries is caused by something called anthocyanins which stimulate the burning of stored fat.
2. Boost short term memory
Studies have shown that memory can be boosted by 100% when strawberries are eaten daily starting at eight weeks. This is always beneficial and can help keep you sharp during rolling and recalling new techniques with more ease.
3. Ease Inflammation
This one is an obvious benefit for any athlete since we deal with far more bodily inflammation than people who do not train. Strawberries lower blood levels of c-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.
4. Lower Cardiovascular Disease
Flavanoids - which are also responsible for the color and flavor of strawberries - help lower the risk for heart disease.
5. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the anti-oxidant, ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.
So overall we can see that strawberries have a few benefits for athletes but also have overall wonderful lifestyle benefits in the long term. You can find a recap of these tips and more in the video below:
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