Thursday, 30 October 2014

20 Health and Beauty Benefits of Strawberries

The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. These potent little packages protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Research shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and age related skin problems than those who don’t. Let's have a look on some best health and beauty benefits of strawberries.

20 Health and Beauty Benefits of Strawberries

1 . A great Toner

Grind a handful of strawberries and extract the juice. Add twomtablespoon of this juice to 100 ml of cold rose water. Apply it with a cotton ball all over your face before going to bed. This is a great toner for every skin type. For best results, do it daily and do not follow it with any night cream. The best thing about this homemade mix is that you can store it for 15 days in the refrigerator.

2 . Fights Dandruff

Strawberry can be mixed with phytochemicals having antifungal effects like tea tree oil or thyme oil to get rid of dandruff.

3 . Mouth Wash

Combine 1/4 cup of dried (or 1 cup of fresh) strawberry leaves with 1 cup of boiling water. Let this mixture sit until the leaves have cooled, then stir in 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, and use it as mouth wash.

4 . Strawberries Are Rich in Fibre

Strawberry benefits also include it being rich in fibre, which keeps your digestive system healthy and also keeps constipation out of the system.

5 . Strawberry Mask For Oily Skin

Mix equal parts fresh strawberries and plain unsweetened yogurt, mashing to combine. Apply to face, allowing to stay on for around 10 minutes, Rinse.

6 .  Anti-ageing Properties

Vitamin C and other antioxidants present in strawberries prevent damage caused by free radicals to the skin and body. Free radicals occur during the process of transformation of food into energy. Free radicals accelerate the ageing process and vitamin C is effective in blocking the damage caused by free radicals. You can prepare an anti-ageing face pack by mixing a teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of milk cream with mashed strawberries. Apply this pack all over your face and neck and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with clean water and pat dry. Since strawberry has anti-ageing properties, this pack can be quite suitable for mature skin by rejuvenating it as well as minimizing pores and lines to give you a younger looking skin.

7 . Boosts Your Immunity

Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity and protects you from infections. Just one cup of strawberries meets 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. This alone makes it a fruit that you should not miss out on, specially during the strawberry season.

8 . Treat Acne

Mix half a cup of sliced strawberries with a spoon of sour cream. Mix it well. Apply the mixture as a mask and leave it on for 10 minutes. Since this berry has cleansing properties and contains salicylic acid, it helps in removing dead cells from the skin. It also tightens the pores and prevents further break outs. Strawberries have been hailed for their effectiveness in removing impurities and are thus, used in a lot of face washes as an active ingredient.

9 . Strawberries For Anti Inflammatory Properties

Strawberries have phenol in them, which help in cases of osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis by inhibiting cyclooxygenase (COX). They work similar to Aspirin and ibuprofen
without the side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding.

10 . Diminishes Under-eye Puffiness

Being astringent in nature strawberries can reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes. For this purpose, cut a strawberry into thin slices. Lying in a cool place, put the strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 to 12 minutes. Wash your face with cold water and moisturize it gently.

11 . Strawberry Hair Conditioner

Strawberry Hair Conditioner If you want glossy, silky hair, this one’s for you. Take 8 fresh strawberries and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise. Mash ingredients thoroughly and massage into damp hair. Cover with a shower cap and a warm towel. Allow to stay on hair for at least 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual.

12 . Improves Complexion

Strawberry juice has skin lightening properties. It is effective in removing age spots and freckles. You can squeeze the fruit to extract its juice and place it in a small cup. Apply the juice all over your face with a cotton ball and rinse off with lukewarm water after 10 to 15 minutes to get a glowing complexion.

13 . Strawberries For the Eyes

Strawberries being rich in Vitamin C are good for the eyes. As we age, we suffer from Cataracts which creates a cloud over the lens of the eyes but this can be avoided with regular intake of vitamin C. The eyes need vitamin C to protect themselves from the free radicals that come from the Sun rays (UV rays). Regular intake of Vitamin C helps to strengthen the Cornea and Retina of our eyes. The best way to prevent any eye problem is by adding a lot of fruits rich in vitamin C rather than just vitamin C supplements.

14 . Boost Your Complexion

Beauticians have found out that the juice of this berry is rich in skin lightening and also cures blemishes and acne marks effectively. Mash three to four strawberries in a bowl and filter the juice with a clean muslin cloth. Apply the juice all over he face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with cold water. Use this mask thrice a week to reap the best benefits. It also reduces sun damage and minimizes the effects of ultraviolet rays on the skin.

15 . Treatment of Pigmentation

Being rich in ellagic acid, oral ingestion of strawberry extract can cure slight hyper pigmentation caused by UV rays by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, the chemical that gives the skin its color.

16 . Prevents Fungal Growth

Strawberry is a good source of minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium. Manganese and copper in combination with dicarboxylic acids produce complexes that can inhibit fungal growth on the scalp.

17 . Protection From Ultraviolet Radiation

Strawberry contains ellagic acid which, when applied topically protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which are primarily responsible for skin ageing.

18 . Rich in Antioxidants
Like most fruits and vegetables, strawberries too are high in antioxidants which help in fighting cancer. In particular, strawberries have antioxidants like lutein and zeathanacins which suppresses the growth of cancer cells.  What more? The high Vitamin C content boosts your immunity and makes your body more capable of fighting cancer cells.

19 . Strawberry Milk Mania

Two great ingredients come together to gift you flawless skin. Take three strawberries and add seven spoons of milk. Crush them in a blender and use the mixture on your face as a mask first thing in the morning. You will not need any cream to pull you through the day. An easy-to-do mask, this is helpful for people with a dull and tired-looking skin.

20 . Strawberries For Cholesterol

Strawberries are rich in phyto-nutrients which are a type of plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing, compounds. These Phenolic compounds are responsible for the fruit’s colour, taste and smell. Once such Phenolic compounds Flavonoids are known to be high in antioxidants. They have been proved to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by inhibiting the oxidation of low density lipo-protein (LDL).