27/02/2016 4:55 AM AEDT

You Didn't Know It, But This Is Why You Should Be Eating Strawberries

They're basically bite-sized powerhouses. 🍓

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You know that strawberries are good for you, but do you know exactly why?

Turns out these little nuggets of heaven are valuable for much more than just their naturally sweet taste. They load your body with key vitamins and are even thought to ward off disease. Consider this:

1. They're literally packed with Vitamin C.

Just one serving of strawberries -- about eight of them, to be precise -- has 160 percent of the Vitamin C you need in a day. What's more, the flavanoids in strawberries help Vitamin C do its job more effectively

2. They naturally lower your blood pressure. 

That's thanks to potassium and other nutrients, and it's very good news for your heart

3. And they could majorly cut your risk of heart disease.

Besides lowering blood pressure, strawberry's nutrients also reduce inflammation and boost "good" cholesterol. The folate in strawberries may be able to wipe out homocysteine, an amino acid that's associated with heart disease as well.

Craving strawberries yet? Try these recipes on for size...

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