Are Strawberries Good for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Strawberries are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have vitamin C, antioxidants, and dietary fiber, and they can help reduce inflammation, swelling, pain, and constipation of hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In hemorrhoids, your blood vessels in these areas become swollen and inflamed, causing pain, itching, bleeding, and discomfort.

This can lead to various health problems, such as infection, anemia, and anal fissures.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

What you consume can affect your bowel movements, which can impact your hemorrhoids symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like whole grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables, and avoid low-fiber foods like processed meats, cheese, and white bread.

Now, strawberries are a type of fruit that have a sweet and juicy taste.

People usually eat them raw, in salads, desserts, jams, or smoothies.

Strawberries are good for hemorrhoids because they contain vitamin C, antioxidants, and dietary fiber.

Vitamin C can help strengthen your blood vessels and reduce inflammation.

Antioxidants can help protect your cells from oxidative stress and damage.

Dietary fiber can help soften your stool and prevent constipation and straining.

One cup (152 grams) of strawberries can give you 97.6 mg of vitamin C (108% of your daily needs), 11.7 mg of antioxidants (16% of your daily needs), and 3 grams of dietary fiber (12% of your daily needs).

Vitamin C can help improve blood circulation and healing of hemorrhoids.

Antioxidants can help reduce swelling and pain of hemorrhoids.

Dietary fiber can help ease bowel movements and reduce pressure on hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, strawberries are a low-calorie and high-water food and these types of foods are good for hemorrhoids.

Because, they can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent dehydration, which are both risk factors for hemorrhoids.

You can eat about 2 cups (304 grams) of strawberries per day safely.

More than that can cause diarrhea, bloating, or allergic reactions.

Also, you shouldn’t eat strawberries if you have a history of kidney stones or gout to prevent worsening of these conditions.

Because, strawberries contain oxalates and purines, which can increase the risk of kidney stones and gout.

You can buy fresh strawberries in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose firm, bright, and plump berries that have green caps attached.

Because, these indicate freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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