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Four major benefits of strawberries in health, beauty and more

Sensuous Strawberries

They are exotic and that is why they are appropriately associated with amore, strawberries are fruits
that denote luxury and are an absolute delight when consumed in various forms.

Strawberries as a fruit and its many other forms makes it one of the most versatile fruits. Here are its
various uses

As aphrodisiac
Strawberries are the most edible valentine and are touted as aphrodisiacs, especially when consumed
with chocolate. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove the aphrodisiac claim, it is believed that
chocolate and strawberry, as a combo, increase energy levels. In French countryside, there was a
custom to make newlywed couple drink a cold soup made of ripe red strawberries.

As a healthy food
Strawberries are rich in vitamins, minerals and absolutely fat-free, making them the ideal constituent of
a diet regimen. Rich in Potassium and Vitamin C, strawberries control cholesterol levels and help build
resistance against various forms of cancer. Though strawberries are delicious in their various forms, it is
best to consume them raw. Strawberries are excellent sources of anti-oxidants, too, and boost the
immune system to fight against cold and fever. The fruit plays an important role in maintaining oral
health, for it helps fight tartar and strengthens gums.

Beauty product
Strawberries are extensively used in skincare and beauty products due to their aromatic smell and
hydrant nature. From silky strawberry lip balms to strawberry moisturisers, strawberries find their place
in your beauty kit. In salons and spas, strawberries are extensively used for beauty treatments like body
polishing , toning, cleansing and facials. In fact, moisturizers and cleaners that contain strawberries are
always up for grabs because they make your skin supple and give that lustre you have always wanted.
Their beauty benefits can be attributed to the fact that they exfoliate your skin and condition it, leaving
behind a delicate fragrance.

STRAWBERRY FACIAL MASK
8 to 9 strawberries
2 tablespoons honey
Mash strawberries. Add honey and mix well. Spread over face. Leave on for 25-30 minutes and
rinse with cool water.
Note: This mask may be irritating for those with sensitive or sunburned skin.

Strawberry can cause allergy

Some people develop an allergic reaction to eating strawberries. The reason for this remained a mystery until recently, when Swedish biochemists identified the cause as an allergenic protein, that is similar to one found in birch pollen. Interestingly, this same allergenic protein is linked to the beautiful red colour found in our common garden strawberry. So if you love strawberries and you can’t enjoy them because you develop an allergy, try eating the white ones. They don’t contain the allergic protein found in the red variety. So there are more than reasons to indulge in strawberries in various forms. Try this simple beauty tip using strawberries. It won’t take much of your time.

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