You might be surprised to discover all the health benefits of strawberries. And although they’re a nutrient-rich food everyone should eat, we particularly recommend this fruit as a stand-out food for women. We think that strawberry benefits for female sexual health may surprise and please anyone who enjoys berries.
Strawberry benefits for female sexual health
As far as sweet treats go, healthy strawberries are a great choice because they’re low in calories and low on the glycemic index, which means they won’t cause a blood sugar crash. Yet they’re deliciously sweet and packed with nutrients women need.
The nutrients of strawberries, including manganese, folate, K and C will help your sex hormones stay balanced. And as one of the benefits of these nutrients and vitamins in strawberries, they should help diminish the symptoms of PMS – what a relief!
But strawberries benefit women’s sexual health in other ways. And they can be extremely beneficial to women trying to conceive. That’s because the folic acid in a single serving of low-calorie strawberries provides about 9% of the DV for folate.
(If you’re trying to get pregnant, take note that not just strawberries but all berries can help boost fertility. In fact, they make our list of the 5 best fertility foods.)
Strawberries are also incredibly rich in vitamin C. A serving of strawberries actually has more vitamin C than an orange.
Although the research is somewhat controversial, there is evidence that vitamin C can help improve blood flow and increase sex drive. (Note that there are studies that both support the notion that vitamin C can improve sex drive and as well as medical reviews that denounce it.) Knowing that it could work for you, it can’t hurt to enjoy more strawberries!
One additional benefit for keeping your heart pumping, the seeds of strawberries contain zinc. And zinc is recognized for improving blood flow.
Other nutrients beneficial to sex in strawberries include potassium and vitamins B6 and E. These nutrients are linked with sexual desire and sexual performance including the ability to achieve orgasm.
In summary, potential strawberry benefits to a woman’s sex life include:
- May increase sexual desire
- May improve sexual performance
- May reduce symptoms of PMS
- May increase fertility
Additional strawberry nutrition for women and some for men, too
If you’re still wondering why are strawberries good for you, there are so many more ways strawberries benefit women that you need to discover.
Strawberries, (along with raspberries and blackberries) are high in a polyphenol called Ellagic acid. This naturally occurring compound shows potential in clinical studies to stop the destruction caused by cancer cells.
This is also potentially a strawberry benefit for men. (Keep in mind that this, like the early breast cancer research mentioned above, is only a preliminary indication and more research is required to fully understand ellagic acid’s potential in diminishing the effects of cancer.)
Strawberry skin benefits
Ellagic acid also is one of the main strawberry benefits for the skin. Ellagic acid is believed to help protect the skin against UV damage, helping you maintain a youthful appearance. To learn more about Ellagic acid, visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.
Additionally, the vitamin C in strawberries is known for helping prevent the onset of wrinkles.
Some proponents of strawberries for both women’s and men’s skin health recommend using fresh strawberries for a face mask. But the research is still fairly inconclusive on how well using strawberries on skin will work for improving skin health.
Strawberries for weight loss
Because strawberries are high in fiber and low in calories, they are often recommended in weight loss strategies. Although they contain few calories, the fiber in strawberries can help keep you feeling full longer. One serving of strawberries, about 8 berries, has less than 50 calories and about 12% of your daily fiber intake.
That fiber will also help banish bloating and work toward making you feel the sexiest. The same goes for blueberries, another of our favorite aphrodisiac ingredients.
An additional benefit of strawberries for losing weight, they are low in sugar. Although they taste deliciously sweet, strawberries are lower in sugar than most popular fruits, like bananas and oranges.
Strawberry benefits for women’s heart health
A remarkable benefit of strawberry nutrition, they are good for heart health. In 2013, a study led by researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health discovered that three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries per week may lower a woman’s risk of heart failure by improving blood flow.
And believe it or not, this bit of good news compounds what strawberries do for you sexually. That support for your heart is good for women’s sexual health, too. This is because good blood flow is essential for achieving sexual arousal, something many women struggle with as they age.
Strawberries and breast cancer prevention
If that’s not enough to make you say strawberries are good for you, some health proponents of strawberries report a potential link between strawberries and breast cancer prevention. But keep in mind that this research is limited and you should consult a physician before using strawberries for cancer treatment or in treating sexual dysfunction.
Some of our favorite recipes:
Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Buttermilk Pancakes
Greek Yogurt, Chia and Lemon Biscuits with Strawberries
Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake
Strawberry Chia Pudding with Acai Puree
Pink Grapefruit Curd with Strawberries and Basil
Almond Cake with Honey Balsamic Strawberries
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This article was written in 2015 and most recently updated in 2022. Research by our Director of Nutrition, Delahna Flagg, PhD.
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