Can strawberries build immunity?

strawberries on white counter
Strawberries are nutritional powerhouses.

Can strawberries support your immune system? Evidence from clinical studies suggest they can.

In light of Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, misleading claims are being made regarding products that can keep the immune system not only healthy, but also prevent people from contracting the virus.

Recognizing that strawberries are the one fruit being purchased more due to their protective packaging and vitamin C, I wanted to clarify briefly what affects the immune system, and whether strawberries play a role.

Factors that can influence immunity include non-genetic behaviors and bacteria[i]:

  • Diet

  • Sleep

  • Stress

  • Exercise

  • Microbiome

  • Germs

How Does Diet Factor into Immunity?

Whole foods can promote overall health. While there is no single food that will boost your immune system to the point of preventing any disease, eating a balanced diet will help maintain a strong immune system.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans promotes the “My Plate” method of balancing your diet:

My Plate