Strawberry is a perennial plant belonging to the Rosaceae family, and originated from crossbreeding in Europe around the 18th century. After that, genetic improvement of strawberries has been carried out by individual breeders for about 200 years, and it is said that the improvement speed has accelerated under the leadership of governments in the United States and Japan over the past 75 years. Cultivated strawberries were introduced to Japan in the early 19th century, and it is estimated that they were brought to Korea in the early 20th century.
Strawberries are a fruit and vegetable that can be fully enjoyed from now until spring. Originally, it was only available at the end of spring, but with the development of house farming, the cultivation and harvesting times have been accelerated, so it can be enjoyed even in winter. In particular, winter strawberries ripen slowly at low temperatures, so they take a long time to accumulate sugar, so they are known for their high sugar content and low acidity. Today we are going to learn more about strawberries.
1. Skin health
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen and prevents the melanin pigment that darkens the skin from depositing, helping to keep the skin clean and elastic. In addition, the anthocyanin component removes free radicals and wastes from the body, so it can be effective in preventing aging. Protect your skin health with strawberries in dry weather like these days!
2. Maternal health
Strawberries are rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin C that pregnant women need. In addition, it contains folic acid, which is very helpful for the health of the fetus, and is said to be of great help in brain development of the fetus and the prevention of birth defects. Strawberries have been consumed by pregnant women since ancient times, and their sweet and sour taste helps relieve morning sickness, and it is said that the dietary fiber of strawberries helps improve digestion even for those who have trouble digesting their stomach due to pressure on their stomach.
Strawberries are popular as a diet food because they have a strong sweet taste and are easy to feel full. In addition, the calorie of strawberry is 27kcal per 100g, which is a very low calorie fruit, so it is very suitable for diet. If you are on a diet with fruits, you may want to try dieting with strawberries.
4. Boost immunity
Strawberry’s luscious red color is closely related to boosting immunity. The reason is that a component called lycopene contained in red fruits boosts immunity. In addition, vitamin C promotes blood circulation and metabolism, which helps to increase immunity from external viruses and diseases such as colds.
5. Restoration of sight
Strawberries are rich in anthocyanins, which are said to promote the resynthesis of rhodopsin, which detects red light, to relieve eye fatigue and to protect eyesight. Strawberries are also said to prevent the lens in the eye from oxidizing and prevent clouding of the eyes. In addition, it is rich in vitamin A, which helps to protect eyesight and prevent eye-related diseases such as dry eyes and night blindness as well as eye fatigue.
6. Rich in vitamins
Strawberries are famous for their vitamin content. Strawberries are rich in water, carbohydrates, and various nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin C. Among these nutrients, vitamin C is said to be the most abundant. Strawberries, especially in winter, have a very high vitamin C content. Based on 100g, it contains 80~100mg of vitamins, and it is said that you can consume all of the daily recommended amount of vitamins by eating just 6~7 capsules a day. In addition, it is said that taking vitamins through fruits and vegetables is more effective than taking vitamins through nutritional supplements.
7. Fatigue recovery
Strawberries are also called natural recovery agents because of their high vitamin content. Vitamin C in strawberries is twice as abundant as lemons. Vitamin C helps to remove and detoxify toxins in our body and discharge waste products. In addition, anthocyanins and flavonoids are known to be effective in recovering fatigue caused by stress by releasing stress substances and fatigue substances caused by oxidation by free radicals.
Strawberry Side Effects Strawberry has a cold nature, so side effects such as abdominal pain and diarrhea may occur if a person with a cold stomach consumes excessive amounts. Also, please be aware that if you feed strawberries to a baby before the age of birth, an allergic reaction may occur due to the micro-toxicity of the strawberry seeds.
Those with kidney disease should avoid strawberries. Strawberries are rich in potassium, which can make kidney disease worse. If the potassium concentration is high, muscle strength may be lost or if the abnormal sensation is severe, cardiac arrhythmias may occur. Strawberries can quickly become brittle when stored in a sealed container, so it is recommended to store them in a paper box.