Strawberries are rich in the antioxidant polyphenols ellagic acid and ellagitannins, the latter being converted into ellagic acid by the bacteria in our guts.
Studies show that ellagic acid makes a two-pronged attack on helping to prevent cancer; it can slow down the growth of cancer cells and can bind to cancerous cells, rendering them inactive and unable to further divide. Research is in its infancy, but it’s exciting, nonetheless. Strawberries are also very rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant vitamin. As we discovered when talking about the antioxidant properties of carrots, antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals that can damage our cells and DNA and that can go on to cause certain cancers.
These delicious soft fruits are ideal for snacking on or adding to breakfast cereals and even go well in a salad dressed with balsamic vinegar (trust us, we know it sounds odd, but it’s really very tasty!) So, eat them whenever you can, and make a date to go strawberry picking as soon as you can!