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4 Health Benefits of Strawberry Leaf [Infographic]

Strawberry Leaf
Strawberry leaf, like the fruit, contains constituents with medicinal applications but without the sugar and calories. Researchers believe that it may have anti-aging effects, may be associated with decreased risk of heart disease, and may benefit those with diabetes because of its cholesterol-lowering effects. In tea infusions, it gives off a slightly fruity and tangy flavor.
Strawberry Leaf Infographic
What is strawberry leaf?
In China, strawberries were used for more than 4,000 years to detoxify the body and reduce the effects of aging. In ancient Rome, strawberries were used to to improve mood and treat digestive disorders. Documented use of strawberries in medicine also appeared during the Middle Ages. In the Americas, strawberries were used by various indigenous groups to clear toxins and to support women’s health.
The fruits and leaves of strawberries contain constituents that have some medicinal applications, and have been used to treat digestive problems, liver disease, respiratory tract inflammation, and arthritis. They also support cardiovascular health, stimulate metabolism, and support natural weight loss.
Botanical name: Fragaria vesca
Other names: Alpine strawberry
Description: A perennial plant with three-lobed leaves, white flowers, and red berries
Habitat: Native to Europe and temperate regions of Asia, and cultivated varieties are widely grown throughout the world
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, neuroprotective
The health benefits of strawberry leaf according to research
1. Anti-Aging
Preliminary research suggests that compounds contained in strawberry might slow the effects of aging on the nervous system. Higher intake of flavonoids, which are found in strawberry leaves and fruits, appear to reduce rates of cognitive decline in older people and result in a lower incidence of degenerative diseases of aging.
2. Energy & Brain Support
Preliminary research suggests that strawberries may protect from oxidative stress-induced neuronal damage, which is characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
3. Heart and Circulatory Health
Strawberry consumption may be associated with decreased cardiovascular disease risk. Epidemiological studies have associated strawberry consumption with lower rates of high blood pressure, inflammation, cancer, and death from cardiovascular diseases. This may be due to the intake of anthocyanin, which are antioxidant compounds found in strawberry leaves and fruits. In addition, strawberry leaf has been shown to increase coronary blood flow and dilate blood arteries, suggesting potential benefits against various heart diseases.
Other studies have suggested that strawberry consumption may have beneficial effects in humans such as lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and decreasing the spike in blood sugar and cholesterol levels after high sugar, high-fat meals.
4. Immunity and Overall Health
Compounds such as anthocyanidins and phenols present in strawberry leaves and fruits may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant or anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties, according to laboratory studies.
In addition, early studies have found these compounds have activity against prostate and oral cancer. Scientists have so far found organic strawberries to be more effective at inhibiting cancer growth than conventionally grown strawberries.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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