Ironically, one of my favorite Beatle songs, “Strawberry Fields Forever“, is not about strawberries. Rather it’s the name of an orphanage in the neighborhood where John Lennon grew up. His verse, “cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields…
nothing is real” could not be further from the truth when it comes to strawberry gardens that produce incredibly delicious, healthy and mood boosting fruits. In fact, June is strawberry season in Maryland so be sure to check out our Farmer’s Market selections. Here are some other reasons why you should eat at least 1 handful of strawberries each day:
1. Strawberries are loaded with fisetin: This antioxidant flavonoid helps to reduce cellular aging and improve memory.
2. Strawberries are an excellent source of catechin: Another powerful antioxidant that helps to expand blood vessels and may lower blood pressure.
3. Strawberries may reduce risk of a heart attack: 1 study in middle aged women found that the combination of strawberries and blueberries consumed at least 3 times a week reduced risk of a heart attack by 30%!
Michael Miller, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland USA where he takes care of patients, conducts original research and teaches medical students. His latest book is “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease” and check out Dr. Miller’s author page on Amazon.