Strawberries are the most popular type of berry fruit in world. The strawberry is also known an aggregate fruit because it is formed from separate carpels of a single flower. Its red fleshy part does not develop from the flower’s ovary, but derived from the non-reproductive parts of the flower. Studies have shown that strawberry is a perishable, fragile and delicate fruit. It is the only fruit whose seeds are visible from outside. Strawberries are used as fresh or as a part of processed foods like ice creams, jams, juices, chocolates and milkshakes because of their extra juicy and sweet flavor. These berries have the taste which from quite sweet to acidic. Calories in strawberries are much lower than many fruits. A strawberry has about four calories. Strawberries are a healthy and tasty option for many weight watchers, also they are a great source of nutrition for the body.
Strawberry is an excellent source of manganese, flavonoids, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene. It is a good source of fiber, copper, vitamin K, zinc, iodine, fatty acid and some healthy minerals. Strawberries have some phytonutrients which helps them to work as antioxidants in our body. Strawberry also contains some small amounts of salicylic acid which is an anti-inflammatory compound very similar to acid of aspirin. It is low in calories, sugar and protein and devoid of cholesterol and fat.
Strawberry has around 32 Kcal/gm which is very low and it is very low in fat as well. But, it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals which are essential for your health. There is a compound in strawberries called phenol, it fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as asthma, osteoarthritis etc. They do not carry unwanted side effects like intestinal bleeding. Strawberry is listed as one of top foods which helps in lowering the cancer rate because of its very high content of anti-oxidants which work synergistically and more powerfully against oxidation and prevents damages caused by free radicals in our body. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C which helps the body to develop resistance against inflammation and infectious agents. It is rich in B complex group of vitamins which helps as cofactor to help the body in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Acetyl acids are also found in strawberries, it helps to prevent blood clots formation and hence improves the function of heart. It is also found that strawberries can help in improving memory, and brain’s ability to process information which helps in preventing brain defects in babies during pregnancy. Strawberry improves your immunity and keeps you fit. It also enhances your blood sugar regulation.
Skin Cleanser– Strawberries have great cleansing properties. Strawberry extracts are used as an ingredient in skin cleansers, face washes. Ellagic acid is present strawberry which combats skin damage to maintain its freshness and youth. They remove impurities and soften the skin as well as soothe allergies and other irritants and provide protection against pollution.
Treatment of pigmentation- Since strawberries are rich source of ellagic acid, its oral ingestion can cure hyper pigmentation caused by Ultra violet rays by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, the chemical which gives the skin its color.
Food scrub- Strawberries are very effective in giving you crack free and soft feet. Strawberry foot scrub can be easily prepared by mashing 6-7 strawberries and mixing them with a few drops of glycerin and oats. This mixture will exfoliate your dead cells and rough skin. Strawberry can also be used as a skin toner. It gives you wrinkle free, blemish free and younger looking skin.
Strawberry is an astringent, it reduces dark circles and under eye puffiness. Strawberries repairs your skin, save your skin from damages and heal wounds. It contains some ingredients which reduces oiliness of your skin and controls acne.
Strawberries protects the cell membrane of the scalp because of its antioxidant property, and hence prevents the formation of layer on their surface which separates the scalp from contact of water. Manganese, copper and magnesium in strawberry controls the growth of fungus on your scalp. Strawberries are rich in allegic acid which protects your hair from falling and thinning. It also prevents hair loss and provides extra shine to your hair as it works as a natural conditioner. It can be mixed tea or tree oil to get rid of dandruff.
The acids in strawberries are known to remove stains. They helps in removing plaques and strengthen and heal gums and gives you white and shiny teeth. Strawberries are rich in potassium which is a mineral, it helps to regulate the electrolytes in the body pushing down the dangers of heart attacks and strokes. They are very beneficial as a healthy morning breakfast and also gives you the perfect energy boost for the whole day.