Strawberries are one of nature's healthiest fruits. They're packed full of power nutrients including:

Fiber, which is considered by the American Heart Association to be important for heart health. Dietary fiber has well-known health benefits such as lowering blood cholesterol and promoting a healthy digestive system. In addition it may also decrease the risk of heart disease and colon cancer.

Potassium is an important nutrient to balance electrolytes, aid muscle contractions and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Antioxidants (including Vitamin C) are key in warding off chronic disease and promoting optimum health. Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In recent studies strawberries ranked second among the top 10 fruits in antioxidant levels, which is one reason why they may help prevent cancer and heart disease.

Folate is one of the B vitamins found in a variety of foods such as strawberries, oranges, orange juice, green leafy vegetables and a variety of beans. It's especially important for women of child-bearing age to consume folate because it reduces the change of fetal neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Folate also reduces serum levels of homocysteins, an amino acid that may be an independent risk factor in heart disease.

For more strawberry health information please visit the California Strawberry Commission website.