Like the juicy red fruit of the strawberry plant sometimes called the “queen of fruits”, the leaves of this plant have been found to provide a number of great health benefits. The energy of the strawberry leaf is cooling and slightly astringent creating a wonderful Pitta tonic. The leaves can be used to help balance the acids in your digestive tract and are a good digestive tonic. Strawberry leaves can also help to prevent anemia and help with aches and pains of arthritis.
In terms of traditional nutrients, strawberries emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They also qualified as a very good source of dietary fiber and iodine as well as a good source of potassium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium, and copper.
Strawberry leaf may elicit allergic reactions in people hypersensitive to strawberries. Do not use if you have known allergy to this plant.
The leaves of the strawberry plant have been found to aid in the digestive process, as they help to balance both the acids and the bases in the digestive tract that work to break down the food. The magical compound in strawberry leaves that aid in digestion is tannins. Tannins are bio-molecules that bind to proteins, amino acids and alkaloids, among other things that have a low pH level that put high amounts of stress on the digestive tract. With that said, strawberry leaves can help to ease an upset stomach and reduce bloating and stomach cramps.
Strawberry leaves are loaded with diuretic caffeic acid, a compound that can remove water from the joints, thus reducing inflammation—one of the main side effects of arthritis.
Strawberry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin C, iron and calcium, all of which are essential for maintaining healthy bodily functions. As such, the leaves of the strawberry plant can support better bone health, prevent osteoporosis, improve the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin, neutralize the effects of harmful toxins in the body, and boost the immune system.