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don’t throw away those strawberry 🍓 leaves-they can be good for you
fact: those star-shaped leaves attached to the top of a strawberry are packed with antioxidants
the skins, stalks and scrappy bits we chop or pare off fruit and vegetables are often the healthiest ‘some nutrients, such as vitamin c and fibre, are more concentrated in or just under the skin, so you can dilute the benefits by removing it,’ says registered dietitian helen bond. ‘and those bits you tend to discard, the harder, redder outsides of onions or the darker, outside bits of leafy greens, tend to be higher in compounds such as flavonoids and carotenoids, which have reputed anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.’ strawberries
don’t discard: the green leafy top.
instead: steep in hot water to make a herbal tea.
those star-shaped leaves attached to the top of a strawberry — the hull or calyx — are packed with antioxidants. a study in the czech journal of food sciences reported that strawberry leaves have antioxidant levels comparable to white wine and fruit drinks, such as grape juice, and just a bit lower than red wine or green tea.
antioxidants mop up harmful molecules known as free radicals, which our bodies produce naturally, and are thought to help protect us against the type of damage that can lead to cancer and heart disease.
strawberry leaves contain high amounts of a group of antioxidants called ellagitannins, which are linked with vascular health (i.e. flexible blood vessels and healthy blood pressure). in traditional herbal medicine, strawberry leaves are also used to soothe arthritis pain — they contain caffeic acid, which is thought to be anti-inflammatory.
steep six to seven strawberry calyxes in a mug of hot water to replace one or more of your cups of tea a day. #berries#medicalmedium
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