Strawberries are big business. Really big business. Since everyone loves strawberries, a billion-dollar industry has developed in order to meet the demand of consumers in America and around the world. California leads the world in strawberry production, but Florida, North Carolina, and other locations produce many tons of harvested berries annually.
But, humans aren’t the only entities that love strawberries. Bugs, slugs, and fungi love to feast upon the nutrient-rich fruits and plants. The more fruits are destroyed, the less the hard-working farmers can sell to salivating consumers. To increase the harvest, therefore, most strawberry producers have developed techniques and practices that allow for maximum yield and minimum loss. The widespread use of fumigants and pesticides has become mainstream.
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Most people are aware of the fact that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is generally good for health and longevity. And, while strawberries are an immensely popular fruit, many people aren’t aware of the extensive amount of compounds in strawberry plants that often possess medicinal properties. New studies are discovering even more benefits of [...]
In August of 2011, an E. Coli outbreak was occurring in Oregon. As public health officials got involved and the source of the outbreak was investigated, a local Oregon farm became the likely source. The culprits and carriers, however, appears to be pesky deer.
Deer fecal matter was located on the farm, but even [...]
Last week Strawberry Plants .org introduced you to the exciting new research on the strawberry flavonoid fisetin and its potential positive health impacts. Due to the interest and response to that post, I am posting more articles and news stories on the topic for your perusal. This strawberry fisetin flavonoid roundup includes links from [...]
New research is being done that could merge forever the delightful and humble strawberry with the diets of individuals beset by diabetes. Studies are being done on mice at the Salk Institute which are examining the effects of fisetin, a naturally-occuring flavonoid in strawberries, on diabetes and other conditions. Investigators at the Salk Institute’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) are discovering that this compound can protect the organs most commonly damaged by diabetes. Additionally, early data show that neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s might also be positively affected by fisetin.
For the entire story, see this article. To learn more about the amazing strawberry plant, simply search this site for the specific area that interests you (here’s how). There are quite a few Medicinal Uses of the Strawberry Plant, many useful Compounds in Strawberry Plants, and promising evidence that strawberries may help prevent cancer. It is no wonder that the strawberry compound fisetin could help diabetics!
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Strawberries are jam-packed (no pun intended) with wholesome nutrients. A serving of whole strawberries is generally considered to be one cup (see here for strawberry conversions). A cup of fresh strawberries will vary by weight depending on the size and specific variety of strawberry that is consumed. Also, strawberry nutrition can be affected by the quality of the soil and care given to the plants as they produced. In general, however, the following table will provide an accurate representation of the vitamins, minerals, and other components within a serving of strawberries. These strawberry nutrition facts will help you realize just how beneficial strawberries are in one’s diet!
Strawberry Nutrition Facts
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Millions of people have allergies. The range of allergic reactions to different allergens varies depending on the magnitude of the sensitivity and the type of reaction elicited. Unfortunately, many people are allergic to strawberries. I know what you are thinking: having strawberry allergies might just be a fate worse than death. Of course, that is an exaggeration, but just think of a life devoid of the wonders of strawberries.
This post discusses the main aspects of strawberry allergies. These include what causes the strawberry allergy, the different types of common reactions, and a possible method of getting around a strawberry allergy so that the delicious morsels can be enjoyed!
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Everyone loves strawberries, and cancer is universally abhorred. Ever since it was theorized that eating strawberries prevents cancer, more and more research has been undertaken to discover the potential cancer-fighting properties and medicinal compounds contained within the delightful fruits plucked from strawberry plants around the world. The ongoing research is quite exciting.
As it turns out, strawberries and cancer are being researched together due to the possible health benefits of strawberries. In fact, early results of experiments using freeze-dried strawberries and strawberry extracts along with cancer cell cultures have been quite promising. This post is a brief summary of some of the recent study results that have involved strawberries.
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The various parts of strawberry plants have long been used in various herbal remedies or traditional medicines. From tinctures to strawberry tea, the medicinal uses of strawberry plants and strawberries have quite a history (see the Strawberry Plant page for more strawberry history and folklore). What is not known by most strawberry enthusiasts is just how extensive the potential uses of stawberry plants are.
In the Compounds in Strawberry Plants post, all of the known strawberry plant compounds are listed. Each one is accompanied by a notation of the part of the strawberry plant in which it is found. Many also have minimum and maximum expected concentrations. Here you find a listing of the chemical activities of strawberry plants. The table below provides a list of all 721 known biological activities of the various strawberry plant chemicals and compounds.
The medicinal uses of strawberries would be synonymous with the first column. The parenthesis indicates how many components in the strawberry plant are known to have that biological activity characteristic. The specific compounds that have the action are then listed next to the activity.
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Strawberry plants are relatively small: usually around a foot tall, give or take a few inches. Yet, within this small package, numerous compounds in strawberry plants have been discovered and cataloged. With an increased interest in herbal remedies using strawberry plant parts this sortable list can be of use to a researcher.
I do not advocate self-diagnosis or self-treatment of medical conditions. However, this table may help you discover compounds in strawberry plants that may have positive health benefits. So, use and peruse the table at your own risk. The first column has the scientific name of each compound, the second lists the part of the plant where the compound is located, the third lists the lowest measured concentration in parts per million of the compound that was discovered in testing, the fourth lists the highest measured concentration, and the fifth lists the reference source.
For educational purposes only, you can view this list of Medicinal Uses for Strawberry Plants as well after perusing the table below.
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People often debate the relative merits of buying organic fruits and vegetables versus conventional ones. People coming to this site often ask, “Are organic strawberry plants better than non-organic ones?” Opinions vary as much as people do, and it is often hard to answer objectively.
Proponents of organic strawberry plants say that organic farming produces healthier fruits, use more sustainable agricultural practices, and keep toxins out of both the fruits and the people who consume them. Supporters of conventional agriculture claim fad status for organic farming and say that “this too shall pass.” They claim that organic farming costs the consumer more and offers no tangible benefits.
Due to the complexity of agricultural ecosystems, it has been tremendously difficult to wade through the propaganda of each side and rely on the scientific data. Well, times are a changin’. A new study has cut through the fog…
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Strawberries are a good source of Vitamin C. But, like any other living organisms, strawberry plants are not uniform. Each variety will produce strawberries with differing levels of Vitamin C based upon that variety’s genetic makeup. In fact, there are several different factors that will affect the vitamin composition that strawberry plants will develop into their berries.
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It May Be Possible to Prevent Cancer by Eating Strawberries
Cancer claims the lives of thousands of people every day. What if it was possible to prevent cancer by eating strawberries? Well, it may be possible by using those small berries produced on strawberry plants on a regular basis. Here is why:
Our bodies have around 60,000 miles of blood vessels. That is enough to circle the earth twice, if stretched end-to-end. These blood conduits adapt to the type of tissue and part of the body in which they reside. In short, they keep us alive and help heal our wounds. Continue reading Prevent Cancer by Eating Strawberries