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Strawberries..........the magick and mundane
Strawberry season is almost upon us here in Michigan. I cannot wait :). We have been eating strawberries here and there from Florida and other southern states but fresh and local is always better. I have been getting ready to make strawberry jam jarred and frozen as well!
My husband and myself deal with gout and auto immune joint issues and I have been reading up on natural ways to treat these issues. I had no idea the health benefits of the humble strawberry! Im excited to think I could eat strawberry shortcake more often and not feel so guilty :).
In addition to anti-oxidants, strawberries can be used to help fight, treat and even prevent many diseases.
The potassium found in strawberries help maintain our eyes, help with high blood pressure.
The fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B also help with heart health!
Arthritis and Gout can be helped by strawberries as well! Gout which is a build up of uric acid in the joints, and arthritis, that effects the joints, muscles and other tissues both benefit from strawberries!
Eating strawberries several times a week, having as healthy lifestyle with exercise and non smoking can help with lowering the "bad levels of LDL bad cholesterol".
The bottom line is that not only are strawberries delish, there are so many health benefits I for one am adding them to my diet several times a week!
Of course for those of us who are interested we cant forget the Magickal Uses of Strawberries!
Powers: Love and Luck
Magickal Uses: Strawberries are often served as a love food. Strawberry leaf is used to attract success, good fortune, and favorable circumstances.
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Here a couple STRAWBERRY recipes you may find YUMMMMY :).
Recipe from "Eating Well 2006 addition"
Per serving: 303 calories; 14 g fat ( 6 g sat , 4 g mono ); 48 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 138 mg sodium; 157 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (50% daily value), Folate & Iron (20% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 other carbohydrates, 3 fat