How strawberries can help reduce inflammation and boost fertility

By Sue Bedford, nutritional coach

Strawberries are in season so why not make some healthy strawberry basil salsa?

Strawberries help to reduce inflammation in the body and have shown to reduce CRP (C-reactive protein which is a medical marker of inflammation) levels when a portion is consumed daily.

Strawberries give fertility a boost as they are rich in folate. Folate is vital for cell division, reducing birth defects. Folate also helps to counteract ovulation problems. 125g of strawberries provides ten percent of your daily folate needs along with a whole day’s amount of vitamin C.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system, fights infection and also helps with iron absorption which is essential for both men and women when trying to conceive. Vitamin C is also important for sperm motility and vitality so why not try making this strawberry basil salsa.

Ingredients:

400g British strawberries (organic or home grown where possible)

Three tsp lemon juice

Three tsp finely chopped basil

One tsp of olive oil

One pepper

Two tsp of finely chopped shallots

Method:

Whisk together the pepper and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir into this the basil and shallots. Remove the stems from the strawberries, wash and chop up. Add to the lemon juice mixture and stir together. Yummy with avocado, cheese and crackers, grilled chicken, seafood and pork. Enjoy.

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