Strawberries are rich in antioxidant polyphenols called ellagic acid and ellagitannins (which are converted into ellagic acid by the bacteria in our guts).
Studies show that ellagic acid has a two pronged attack on helping to prevent cancer – it has the ability to slow down the growth of cancer cells and it can bind to cancerous cells, rendering them inactive and unable to further divide. The 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, that can go on to cause certain cancers.
These delicious soft fruits are ideal for snacking on, 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!