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Best Benefits of Strawberry

 

 

 

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Strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria (collectively known as the strawberries). It is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.

One serving (100 g; see Table) of strawberries contains approximately 33 kilocalories, is an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of manganese, and provides several other vitamins and dietary minerals in lesser amounts

 

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Here are some fun facts about Strawberry:

1. The strawberry, a member of the rose family, is the only fruit with seeds on the outside. And on average, there are 200 seeds on each berry.
2. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
3. Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.
4. Current research suggests that eating just 8 strawberries a day can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cancers and even improve cognitive function.
5. Strawberries score in the fruit group with the highest antioxidant values, which can help to prevent cataracts and other eye degeneration.

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Now, for the benefits:
1. It cleanses the skin and prevents acne

  • Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, which is an important substance that helps eliminate dead skin cells and cleanses the skin in the process.
  • The strawberry fruit also contains salicylic acid and ellagic acid, which are known for reducing hyper-pigmentation and dark spots
  • Strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which can cleanse the skin and keep it healthy.

What you need to do:

  • Put the strawberries in a small bowl and mash them.
  • Now, gently add the honey and stir till you get a smooth paste.
  • Apply this mixture on your face and neck by massaging for about 2 minutes.
  • Leave your face undisturbed for 15 minutes, after which you can wash it with warm water first, and then with cold water (to close the pores).

 

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2. It improves Complexion —

  • Strawberries have skin-lightening properties, which can be attributed to the presence of ellagic acid in them. This acid, as already discussed, eliminates blemishes and spots.
  • The antioxidants present in strawberries protect the skin from UV damage.
  • Strawberries also contain vitamin B complex, glucose, carotene, and amino acids, all of which help improve the complexion.

What you need to do:

  • In a bowl, mash the strawberries till you get the juice
  • Filter this juice using the muslin cloth.
  • Apply the juice all over your face and neck.
  • Leave it undisturbed for about 20 minutes, and then wash off with cold water.
  • Repeat the process thrice a week for best results.
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3. It tones the skin –

  • The antioxidants present in strawberries give them their amazing toning properties. The manganese present in strawberries also helps tone the skin, keeping it healthy and radiant.

What you need to do:

  • Take the strawberries and grind them to extract the juice.
  • Take a couple of tablespoons of this juice, and add it to the rose water. Rose water acts as a great cleanser. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation
  • Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your face and neck.
  • Do this every night before going to bed. For best results, don’t use the toner with a night cream.
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4. It protects skin from UV damage

  • Strawberries’ UV protection powers might lie in anthocyanins, which are pigments that render strawberries their red color
  • Strawberry extracts have also been found to enhance cell survival and decrease DNA damage.
  • As mentioned before, the antioxidants present in strawberries too contribute to the UV protection abilities of strawberries.
  • The ellagic acid in strawberries has the ability to eliminate free radicals, thereby preventing pigmentation that can be caused by sun damage
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5. It have anti aging properties –

  • The powerful antioxidants need to be given the credit, again! These protect our body from oxidative damage and stall the signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, etc.).
  • As a matter of fact, strawberries contain a higher amount of vitamin C than oranges or grapefruit. This nutrient fights free radicals, which were found to damage cells and break down collagen (resulting in fine lines).
  • Strawberries are also great sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that plays a prominent role in staving off the signs of aging. The anthocyanins present in strawberries protect the skin from oxidative stress, thereby slowing down aging

What you need to do:

  • Mash the strawberries thoroughly.
  • To this, add the honey and milk cream.
  • Mix all the ingredients till you get a paste.
  • Apply this paste in circular motions to your face and neck.
  • Keep it on for about 20 minutes and wash off with cold water.
  • You can ideally use this mask twice a week after taking a bath in the morning.
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6. It treat puffy eyes –

  • Strawberries contain amazing astringent properties that help treat puffy eyes. They also contain alpha hydroxy acid, which makes the skin look smooth and young

What you need to do:

  • Refrigerate the strawberries for about 30 minutes
  • After that, remove their tops and cut them into thick slices.
  • Place the slices over your face, and leave them undisturbed for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the slices and wash your face with cold water. You can do this every night before going to bed.
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7. It soothes irritated skin –

  • Strawberry seed oil contains tannic acid. This gives the oil both antibacterial and astringent properties that make it very effective in soothing irritated skin. This is why it is used in many skincare products for sensitive skin.
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8. It helps treat dry skin –

  • Strawberry seed oil has moisturizing properties that repair and protect the skin. It is these properties that make it wonderful oil for dry or damaged skin. By using this oil, you can hydrate your skin and leave it feeling soft.
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9. It reduces wrinkles –

  • The ellagic acid in strawberry seed oil has a wide range of other benefits for your skin. It helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also boosts the production of collagen that is important for delaying the signs of aging.
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10. Skin Brightening Face Mask — 

  • Mash 3 strawberries and add few drops of lime juice and olive oil to it. Blend this mixture until smooth.
  • Cleanse your face with fresh water and a mild cleanser, spread this mask over your facial skin and neck evenly.
  • Dip two cotton pads in rose water and place above your eyes to refresh them. Relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • After allowing the mask to work on your skin for few minutes, wash off your face with clean and cold water.
  • Pat dry and moisturize.

Strawberries are rich is salicylic acid and hence they removes the dead cells and clears out the blemishes while the lime juice naturally lightens the skin. Olive oil prevents your skin from moisture loss. However, you can avoid it if you have extremely oily skin. This strawberry face mask, when used twice a week, brightens your complexion and removes spots in few weeks.

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11. It prevents Hairfall –

  • Strawberries are great sources of Vitamin C – a nutrient that encourages iron absorption and promotes hair growth. It has also been found that a deficiency of this nutrient can lead to hair splits
  • Strawberries are also loaded with silica, which is known to prevent baldness and help in hair growth.

What you need to do:

  • Mash the strawberries and mix them with the coconut oil and honey to make a paste.
  • Apply this to your scalp and hair and wait for 20 minutes.
  • After that, wash off with cold water. Repeat the process twice a week – in the morning after taking a bath (ensure your scalp is clean before you use the mask).
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12. It fights Dandruff –

  • Strawberries are excellent sources of vitamin C. This nutrient can treat conditions like dandruff, which could be caused as a result of weakened immunity.

What you need to do:

  • Blend the strawberries till you get a paste. To this, add the yolk of one egg and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients uniformly.
  • Apply this mask to your hair and leave it undisturbed for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash using a shampoo.
  • Repeat this thrice a week, in the morning while taking a bath.

 

13. It prevents fungal growth –

  • Strawberries are rich in magnesium, the deficiency of which can cause fungal growth on the scalp.

What you need to do:

  • Blend 6 strawberries, 1 teaspoon of Honey and 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil
  • Apply this mixture evenly to your scalp and hair. Ensure your hair is damp while doing so.
  • Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
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14. It boosts immunity –

  • Strawberries are excellent sources of vitamin C. In fact, a single serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange
  • Vitamin C has been found to trigger immune-boosting antibodies, which ultimately enhance your body’s ability to fight infection

How to use them –

  • A single serving of strawberries contains about 51.5 mg of vitamin C (which is half of your daily requirement). Ideally, take two servings of vitamin C regularly in order to meet your daily requirement of the nutrient.
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15. It is good for eyes –

  • Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that were found to prevent cataract, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases

How to use them –

  • You can simply have a cup of strawberries as an evening snack. A strawberry smoothie would also do wonders.

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16. It has anti- inflammatory properties –

  • Strawberries contain quercetin, which is a flavonoid and a natural anti-inflammatory agent that has shown to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis
  • Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C, which plays a major role in preventing inflammation

How to use them –
• You can slice strawberries and add them to your cereal for breakfast. You can also add them to your evening bowl of yogurt.

 

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17. It is good for heart –

  • The abundance of antioxidants and polyphenols in strawberries make them the ideal food to protect your heart from ailments. Strawberries contain anthocyanins (the antioxidants responsible for their red hue), which protect the lining of the circulatory system, thereby shielding the arteries from plaque buildup and regulating the blood pressure

How to use them –
• Simply blending strawberries in your morning smoothie can help reduce the risk of heart attacks
• You can also have a serving of strawberries as a regular evening snack.

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18. It prevents Cancer –

  • Strawberries are exceptionally good sources of vitamin C and fiber, both of which have been found to provide protection from cancers of the esophagus and colon. The anti-cancer properties of strawberries, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, can be attributed to the presence of ellagic acid – a phytochemical that can prevent cancers of the skin, lung, bladder, and breast.
  • Ellagic acid acts as an anti-cancer agent in several ways – it acts as an antioxidant, slows down the production of cancer cells, and helps the body destroy certain types of carcinogens.

How to use them —
• You can add strawberries to your favorite smoothie. Or you can simply rinse and have them as an evening snack.

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19. It regulates Blood pressure –

  • Strawberries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that relax the lining of the blood vessels and open them up, thereby lowering blood pressure
  • Strawberries are also rich in potassium, a nutrient that helps control blood pressure

How to use them –

  • Regularly including strawberries in your diet can go a long way in keeping your blood pressure under control. Simply chop a few strawberries and add the slices to your oatmeal or cereal. You can even add the fruit to your evening smoothie.
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20. It aids Weight Loss –

  • The ellagic acid and antioxidants are what play a major role in making strawberries ideal for losing weight
  • Chronic inflammation is one of the causes of weight gain, since it blocks the hormones that make you lean. Strawberry, being an amazing anti-inflammatory food, restores the functionalities of weight-reducing hormones.
  • In addition, anthocyanins, the master antioxidants, increase the body’s production of a hormone called adiponectin. This hormone promotes metabolism and suppresses your appetite
  • Also, both ellagic acid and the antioxidants help in slowing down the digestion of starchy foods. This controls the rise in blood sugar levels post a starchy meal, thereby regulating weight. It also helps individuals with type-2 diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check.
  • It has been found that foods with low energy density (number of calories in a specific amount of food) are ideal for weight loss. This means, you eat a greater amount of food with lesser calories, which keeps you full without increasing calorie consumption.
  • On that note, strawberries are one of those foods that have low energy density. Water and fiber content are the two keys to achieve weight loss, which are found in abundance in strawberries.

How to use them –

  • You can ideally have a serving of plain Greek yogurt (instead of the regular strawberry yogurt, since it’s high in calories) with a cup of mashed strawberries for breakfast.
  • If you have salads for lunch, try including strawberries in the salad. You can also replace other high-calorie fruits (like cranberries, which contain 138 calories per 1/3 cup serving) with strawberries as they contain only 58 calories per cup.
  • For dessert, instead of hogging on ice cream or some other high-calorie pastry, you can go for watermelon strawberry mint popsicles. Each popsicle contains only about 31 calories, and satisfies your craving for something refreshing on a hot summer day.
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21. It fights bad cholesterol

  • Strawberries are known to contain pectin, which is a type of soluble fiber that lowers the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body

How to use them –

  • Include strawberries in your morning breakfast cereal or oatmeal. You can also replace your evening fatty snack with a bowl full of strawberries.

 

22. It is good for the brain –

  • The credit goes to the antioxidants, again. Strawberries, with their high content of antioxidants, protect the brain cells from damage due to free radicals. They also change the way the neurons in the brain communicate with each other. This ultimately leads to improved brain health.

How to use them –
• Eat a cup of raw strawberries as an evening snack. Even a chilled strawberry smoothie would be beneficial to your brain.


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23. It treats gout –

  • The nutrients and chemical compounds found in this juicy fruit are all beneficial for the treatment of this painful illness. Apart from these substances, strawberries also contain over 90 percent water. This is important as patients who suffer from gout require large amounts of water to get rid of the uric acid crystals from the body.
  • Strawberries are a rich source of folate. You get about 40 micrograms of folate from one cup of raw strawberries. This is about 10 percent of the recommended daily intake. According to research, there is a connection between low levels of folate in the body and gout. Therefore, consuming foods rich in this nutrient (such as strawberries) can protect you from gout.
  • Another benefit of eating strawberries for gout patients is the high content of flavonoids such as catechin, anthocyanins, quercetin, and kaempferol. These flavonoids have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, they help in reducing inflammation that comes with gout.
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Selection And Storage —
Knowing the benefits of a particular food would be of no use if one doesn’t know how to select and store it.
Selection:

  • Strawberries are perishable in nature, and they should be purchased a few days before being used
  • When purchasing strawberries, select bright red berries which are firm and plump with their caps intact and green, not dry or browning.
  • There are different varieties of strawberries, available in several sizes, shapes, and colors. Some strawberry fruits are even off-white or yellowish in color. Smaller berries are generally more sweet and flavorful.
  • Strawberries do not ripen further after being picked, so you should avoid those that are dull in color or have green or yellow patches, soft, moldy, or shriveled. These can be sour or of inferior quality.
  • Full, ripe berries have peak flavor and texture as well as more nutrition.
  • Both under ripe and overripe strawberries have a lower content of vitamin C and phytonutrients in comparison to the optimally ripe ones.
  • Strawberries are also available in the packaged form. While buying those, ensure that the strawberries are not packed too tightly as this might crush or damage them.
  • The container should not have any signs of stains or moisture, which indicate possible spoilage. Generally, strawberries are available throughout the year, but the best ones are available during mid-summer.

Storage: 

  • Strawberries should be eaten as soon as possible and should not be washed until they are ready to eat.
  • Great care should be taken while storing strawberries as they are extremely fragile in nature.
  • They should be preferably placed in a single layer of a paper towel in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days
  • Molded or damaged strawberries should be thrown away as they might contaminate others.
  • Unwashed or unhulled strawberries should be kept in a sealed container to prevent unnecessary loss of humidity.
  • Strawberries should not be left at room temperature or exposed to sunlight for a long time as this might cause spoilage.
  • Strawberries can be easily frozen. Before freezing, wash them gently and pat dry.

This is all about Strawberries! Strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrition. Including them in our diets can be one of the best things we can do for our health.

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