Strawberry is a member of ROSACEAE family and are native to northern hemisphere. Strawberry is cultivated all around the world but they can also be grown in home garden as they do not require large space. Strawberry can be consumed fresh or frozen. These are perishable in nature and need to kept in cool and dry place.
IMPROVES SKIN HEALTH:
Strawberry can be very helpful in improving skin health. It act as a natural cleanser, scrub and helps in removing acne and scars. Acid found in strawberry removes excess oil from the skin and can be used of all skin types. If you apply strawberry face mask twice or thrice in a week it will you natural pink glow.
DIY STRAWBERRY FACE MASK:
THINGS YO NEED:
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp yogurt
mash the strawberries well and then mix honey and yogurt to make a smooth paste. apply this paste on your face and neck , rest for 8-10 minutes, wash your face with water.
LOW IN FAT :
Strawberry is low in calories and has zero cholestrol. 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.
RICH IN VITAMIN C :
Strawberry is 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.
WHITENS TEETH :
Strawberry contains mallic acid which helps in removing stains and tartar from teeths. It also helps in strengthening of gums.
STRAWBERRY TEETH WHITENER :
THINGS YOU NEED :
1/2 baking soda
Mash the strawberry well and mix baking soda to make smooth paste, apply this paste on your teeth and rest for 4-5 minutes. wash your mouth and then brush with any good toothpaste.
STRAWBERRY FOR INFLAMMATION :
Strawberry has anti-inflammatory properties as it includes antioxidants called anthocyanins which helps in reduction of inflammation. Strawberry is also 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 strawberry which is soluble and insoluble and they perform different functions in our body. So you should include strawberries in your daily diet.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM :
Strawberry helps to boost immune system as it is a good source of vitamin c, which helps to strengthen your immune system also it contains antioxidants which helps to fight against various viruses.
HELPS IN PROTECTING EYES :
Alpha-hydroxy acid is found in strawberry which helps to treat puffy eyes and also helps to protect your eyes from uv rays.
HOW TO 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 puffines around your eyes.
ANTI CANCER :
Strawberry 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. Strawberry also contains ellagic acid ( a natural anti oxidant ) which helps to protect against esophageal and skin cancer.
HELPS IN REGULATING THYROID :
Strawberry helps to regulate thyroid as iodine in rich quantity is found in strawberry which helps to normal functioning of thyroid gland.
BOOST MEMORY :
Strawberry helps to improve function of brain which helps to boost your memory and also improve your concentration , so during your exams you can snack some strawberries.
HAIR HEALTH :
Strawberry includes zinc and proteins which helps to make your hair healthy, silky, dandruff free and bouncy.
STRAWBERRY HAIR MASK :
THINGS YOU NEED :
3 Tbsp mashed strawberry puree
1 tbsp olive oil
Mix puree with olive oil to make smooth paste, apply this paste on your hair scalp, leave it for 30-40 minutes and then wash with your hair with regular shampoo.
LIP CARE :
Strawberry is good for your lip care in many ways as it helps to reduce darkness on lips and around lip area. It also helps to soften your lip and will give you natural pink tint. Apply a liitle strawberry paste for 5-8 minutes to improve your lip health.
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.
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE :
THINGS YOU NEED :
1 cup of strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp honey
Blend all the ingredients in a blending jar and garnish it with some mint leaves.
SOME SHOCKING FACTS OF STRAWBERRIES :
- 8 Strawberries contains more vitamin c than an orange
- Strawberry contains half the sugar of an apple.