Strawberries, though being small fruit are loaded with vitamin c, antioxidants, fiber etc. Learn these shocking 14 health benefits of strawberries along with their uses. Also learn an easy strawberry milkshake recipe.
Strawberries are a member of ROSACEAE family and are native to northern hemisphere. These are cultivated all around the world but they can also be grown in home garden as they do not require large space. Strawberries can be consumed fresh or frozen. These are perishable in nature and need to kept in cool and dry place.
IMPROVES SKIN HEALTH:
Strawberries can be very helpful in improving skin health. They act as a natural cleanser, scrub and helps in removing acne and scars. Acid found in strawberries removes excess oil from the skin and can be used for all skin types. If you apply strawberry face mask twice or thrice a week it will make your skin naturally pink glowing. So below I am sharing an easy recipe on how you can make strawberry face mask at home
DIY STRAWBERRY FACE MASK:
WHAT YOU NEED ?
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp yogurt
Mash the strawberries well and then mix honey and yogurt to make a smooth paste. Apply this mask on your face and neck , rest for 8-10 minutes. Then wash your face with plain water.
LOW IN FAT :
Strawberries are low in calories and has zero cholesterol. A cup of strawberries contain around 35 calories and they are good in fiber, So if you are on weight loss journey you must include them in your diet as a good snack. Fibre content of strawberries makes you feel fuller for the longer time, so grab a glass of healthy, low calorie strawberry during your weight loss journey.
RICH IN VITAMIN C :
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin c. Vitamin c is also called ascorbic acid, which plays a vital role in our body and helps in absorption of iron, repair and maintain blood vessels. Also vitamin c is the most important vitamin your body needs on daily basis to build immunity. Thus eating handful of strawberries helps to build your immunity.
WHITENS TEETH :
Want to make your teeth naturally white ? Then strawberries can help you because they contain mallic acid which helps in removing stains and tartar from teeth. They also helps in strengthening of gums. Making teeth whitening solution using strawberries at home will help you to make your teeth naturally white & stronger.
STRAWBERRY TEETH WHITENER :
WHAT YOU NEED ?
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mash the strawberry well and mix baking soda in it to make smooth paste. Apply this paste on your teeth using tooth brush. Leave it on your teeth for about 3-4 minutes. Wash your mouth and then brush with any good toothpaste. Use this solution thrice a week to get good result.
STRAWBERRIES FOR INFLAMMATION :
Strawberries has anti-inflammatory properties as it includes antioxidants called anthocyanins. This helps in reduction of inflammation. Our body is prone to many diseases when there is inflammation. People suffering from arthritis should consume strawberries on daily basis. Also it is a good source of folic acid.
RICH IN FIBER :
Men require around 38 grams whereas women should have 25 grams of fiber in their daily diet. Both type of fiber is found in strawberries which is soluble and insoluble. They perform different functions in our body.
Soluble & insoluble fiber helps to prevent constipation, regulates bowel movement & improve digestion. You should include strawberries in your daily diet to support digestive health. Fiber rich diet is advised to a diabetic person because fiber rich diet helps to manage blood sugar level. Strawberries being good in fiber helps to manage blood sugar level.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM :
As I mentioned above strawberries are amazing source of vitamin c. So, these little strawberries helps to your boost immune system naturally. They also contains antioxidants which helps to fight against various viruses & fight with free radicals which damages our body in many ways.
HELPS IN PROTECTING EYES :
Eating strawberries act as your natural sunglasses. As alpha-hydroxy acid is found in strawberries which helps to treat puffy eyes, improves your vision and helps to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.
TREAT PUFFY EYES :
Keep strawberry slices in fridge for about one hour then place them on your eyes for 8-10 minutes. It will reduce puffiness around your eyes. Strawberry slice will also help to treat dark circles around eys.
ANTI CANCER :
Strawberries contains folate ( which is one of the B vitamins also called vitamin B9 ) which helps to fight with cancer. Some researches shows that consuming strawberries daily can lower the risk of growing cancerous cells. Strawberries also contains ellagic acid ( a natural antioxidant ) which helps to protect against esophageal and skin cancer.
HELPS IN REGULATING THYROID :
Strawberries helps to regulate thyroid. As iodine in rich quantity is found in strawberries which helps in normal functioning of thyroid gland.
BOOST MEMORY :
Strawberries helps to improve function of brain which helps to boost your memory and also improve your concentration , so during your exams you can grab some strawberries to boost your memory.
HAIR HEALTH :
Strawberries also supports hair health in many ways. As they contains zinc and proteins which helps to make your hair healthy, silky, dandruff free and bouncy. You can make strawberry hair mask at home to get bouncy & shiny hair. See the recipe below to make strawberry hair mask.
STRAWBERRY HAIR MASK :
YOU’LL NEED :
3 Tbsp mashed strawberry puree
1 tbsp olive oil
Mix puree with olive oil to make a smooth paste. Apply this mask on your hair scalp, leave it for 30-40 minutes and then wash your hair with regular shampoo. Use this mask once a week to get best result.
LIP CARE :
Strawberries are good for lips in many ways. As they help to reduce darkness on lips and around lip area. They also helps to soften your lip and will give your lips a natural pink tint. Apply a little strawberry paste for 5-8 minutes on your lips twice a week to improve your lip health & make them pink naturally.
SIDE EFFECTS :
There are not many side effects of strawberry but it can slow down the process of blood clotting so it is advised to avoid strawberry before and after surgery for some time.
HOW MUCH TO EAT IN A DAY :
6 -8 Medium sized strawberries can be eaten a day which contains around 42 calories.
RECIPE TO MAKE STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE : ( Vegan option )
1 cup of strawberries
1/2 cup milk or plant based milk
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Wash & chop fresh strawberries
- Add them into a blender, add rest of the ingredients
- Blend everything nicely
- Your healthy strawberry milk shake is ready to consume
- Garnish it with some fresh mint leaves.
SOME SHOCKING FACTS OF STRAWBERRIES :
- 8 Strawberries contains more vitamin c than an orange
- Strawberry contains half the sugar of an apple.