Strawberry

Strawberries are rightfully considered one of the most popular berries. Due to its shape resembling a heart, it is associated with love and passion. It is very useful due to the large amount of vitamins and minerals contained in it. In addition, it is often used for weight loss, there is even a special strawberry diet that is great for those who want to lose some weight during the period when strawberries bear fruit. This is one of the most delicious, perhaps, ways to lose weight, especially since the manganese contained in berries promotes more intense fat burning.

Strawberries are no less popular in cosmetology. Masks from this delicious berry perfectly contribute to the normalization of oily skin, help fight acne and enlarged pores. Berry extract is included in some cosmetic products, including masks, shampoos and balms due to the delicious smell of strawberries. However, you can use strawberries just like that: apply the berries in solid or chopped form on the body, leave for a few minutes and rinse, and you will notice how much softer the skin becomes velvety.

History

It is believed that strawberries grew in European forests in the Neolithic era. It is authentically known that this berry was well known and used as a dessert in the era of antiquity. Written sources speak of this. Already a cultivated plant first became known in the 15th century, it first appeared in France, where it began to be actively grown. It was from there that strawberries began to spread throughout Europe.

And in Russia, she became widely known and loved by everyone thanks to Tsar Alexei. It was his gardener who first offered this amazingly tasty berry to the royal family, and they immediately fell in love with it. Strawberries became truly widespread much later, at the end of the 18th century.

Strawberries have long been valued for their great taste, but modern scientists are also paying attention to their benefits. It contains 85% water, and yet it contains a huge amount of nutrients. In addition, 100 g of berries contain only 36.9 kcal, which makes it just an ideal dietary product.

Chemical composition (per 100 g)
Vitamins
Vitamin A 5 mcg
Vitamin B9 20 mcg
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin H 4 mcg
Macronutrients
Calcium (Ca) 40 mg
Magnesium (Mg) 18 mg
Sodium (Na) 18 mg
Potassium (K) 161 mg
Chlorine (Cl) 16 mg
Sulfur (S) 12 mg
Trace elements
Iron (Fe) 1.2 mg
Copper (Cu) 140 mcg
Fluorine (F) 18 μg
Boron (B) 185 μg
Nutritional value
Calories 41 kcal
Proteins 0.8 g
Fats 0.4 g
Carbohydrates 7.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Water 87%
Starch 1 g
Ash 0.4 g
Acids 1.3 g
Saccharides 7.5 g

Use in folk medicine

everyone loves. But it is no less beautiful in the composition of a variety of desserts, from which children and adults are delighted. In addition, excellent tinctures, liqueurs and even wine are obtained from strawberries. But that's not all that this amazing berry can give us.

Strawberries are believed to be very effective in folk medicine as a delicious healer. Moreover, not only fresh, but also dried berries are used for medicinal purposes. In addition, dried leaves and stems will help fight a variety of diseases.

Strawberry helps in the fight against vitamin deficiency, as it is a real storehouse of vitamins. It helps to boost immunity, as well as fight foreign microbes. A huge influence is attributed to her in the treatment of diseases of the blood and joints, including anemia or atherosclerosis. Fresh berries act as a weak diuretic, excellent help with diseases of the oral cavity.

Strawberries are considered a great way to get rid of constipation, as well as a real salvation for the joints, if eaten in large quantities every day for a week. The main thing is that it does not cause an allergic reaction.

Strawberries are believed to help those with severe gallbladder problems. In addition, it is used in the form of compresses or ointments to treat many skin diseases, for example, various forms of eczema. Strawberries help to fight fine wrinkles, saturate the skin with vitamins and soften it. That is why it is used as a face mask: fresh berries are kneaded, applied to the face, kept for 20 minutes and washed off.

Due to their good taste and low calorie content, strawberries are used as the only part of a special strawberry diet, which requires you to eat only strawberries for several days. It simultaneously saturates the body with vitamins and minerals, and is a very tasty way to lose weight.

Cooking Uses

Strawberries have only 38 calories, so they are great for those who want a tasty dessert, but at the same time protect their figure. You can use it with equal success both fresh in the season and frozen strawberries after defrosting in the winter. They make jam and jelly from it, use it for ice cream and a variety of desserts. It is also great for making tinctures and liqueurs, for baking in any season, or for juice.

In terms of medicinal properties, traditional medicine often turns to strawberries, as they help treat anemia or joint problems. It also helps with high blood pressure and other diseases of the cardiovascular system, it is recommended for patients with diabetes, as it can reduce blood sugar levels in a natural and fairly quick way.

The only disadvantage of strawberries is that they are a strong allergen, so you need to be careful when using them if you are prone to allergic reactions. Including you do not need to eat berries if you suffer from ulcers or gastritis, you have chronic appendicitis or colic in the stomach. Pregnant women and children should be given in small amounts.

Berry Benefits

To get the most out of this delicious, amazing berry, it is recommended to mix it with dairy or fermented milk products, as they complement not only the excellent taste, but also useful properties of strawberries. In addition, milk somewhat softens the strong effect of some constituent berries on the stomach. There are many recipes with strawberries and dairy products, so you will not have problems with healthy goodies.

You can put the remaining fruits in the refrigerator so that they are better preserved. Strawberries can be frozen: they tolerate freezing well, retaining many of their beneficial properties, and then in winter you can use them in desserts.

How to choose the right strawberries

If you are going to buy strawberries, pay attention to the berries. They should be strong enough, without damage and have a pronounced red color. First of all, attention should be paid to the quality of the berries, and not to the size, since too large ones can be artificially grown with the addition of nitrates. At the same time, the best strawberries vary in size and have small unripe sides, which only speaks in their favor, as it means that they were collected in natural conditions.

Pay attention to the color of the strawberry: it should be bright enough, but not overly red, as dyes are sometimes used in cultivation. Be sure to pay attention that there are no small black ones on it, as this indicates that the shrubs were processed with saltpeter.

Be sure to buy strawberries not sealed from private individuals, or frozen: this will be the safest. Opt for markets over supermarkets, and you'll be much more likely to purchase a wild-grown product.

Please note: really high-quality berries, which do not have chemicals, usually release juice very actively after washing. If this has not happened for a long time, this should alert you and make you take a closer look at where you buy strawberries.

Homemade strawberries have a delicious flavor that is hard to miss. At the same time, chemically processed berries almost do not smell, which indicates unnaturalness.

Treatment with strawberries

Strawberries are recommended even in the treatment of sclerosis, because the substances contained in it support the nervous system and the body as a whole. In addition, it has a huge range of possibilities for the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, which has gained the most popularity as a medicinal product. It is able to perfectly cope with constipation, normalizes digestion due to its natural origin, and also helps to normalize metabolism and thus contributes to weight loss. For thyroid disorders, strawberries can be an excellent support for treatment, including inflammation, as they are excellent at fighting germs.

Strawberries are good for:

  • kidney problems;
  • poor functioning of the urinary tract;
  • beriberi;
  • poor immunity;
  • stomach or intestinal problems;
  • anemia;
  • skin diseases;
  • fatigue and depression;
  • insomnia.

Strawberries can help you with kidney disease, in particular, strawberry juice drunk in the morning on an empty stomach helps fight gallstone disease. In addition, it has a mild diuretic effect, and also quickly and naturally reduces blood sugar levels.

Strawberries are excellent for edema. helps to remove excess fluid from the body. It is also invaluable for beauty: regular use slightly slows down the aging process, saturates the body, promotes a good appetite, and antioxidants that it contains can even cheer you up.

In terms of medicinal properties, not only strawberries are used, but also leaves, stems and even roots. The most commonly used leaves, because they can be stored for a very long time.

To make tea, take 2 large strawberry leaves or 2 tsp. chopped raw materials, pour 250 ml of boiling water and insist for several minutes. Such tea should be drunk several times a day, adding honey for a more pleasant taste. It is a real storehouse of vitamins, and also promotes the excretion of urine and lowers blood pressure. Tea is excellent in the presence of stones or other problems with the bladder, with stagnation of bile in the body.

If you have a sore throat, you can make an infusion of strawberry leaves as a gargle. To do this, pour 5-10 dried strawberry leaves into a thermos, pour boiling water and keep for more than half an hour. It is excellent for a variety of digestive problems, including diarrhea or poisoning.

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Strawberries for the Heart

A large amount of potassium and magnesium helps fight stroke, stimulate the heart to work properly, and also normalizes blood pressure. In addition, strawberries are able to stimulate the conduction of nerve impulses, thereby providing mental stability, increased thinking ability and protection against depression. All this became possible due to the fact that strawberries help the brain to be better saturated with oxygen, and also contain substances that uplift the mood. Strawberries also help the blood, like almost all red berries and fruits: the copper and iron contained in it stimulate the formation of blood cells.

Infusion of berries

To make an infusion of strawberries, take a few large fresh berries, mash thoroughly, place in a glass dish and add 250 ml of boiling water. Infuse the resulting infusion for half an hour, and then regularly gargle with it several times a day.

Dressings

For various problems, complex wounds and ulcers, a strawberry dressing can be used. To make a strawberry dressing, take a ripe berry, quickly dip it in boiling water, and then mash it well with a fork. It can be applied to wounds and ulcers, then you need to carefully cover the top with a film and leave it in this form for half an hour, and then rinse thoroughly.

For inflamed skin, lingonberry berries are excellent dressings, which have an antibacterial effect.

Special Uses

Strawberries are also widely known as an aphrodisiac, that is, as a means of increasing sexual desire. It helps to liberate, increases sensuality and helps partners to reveal their desires.

A little more history: it is not in vain that products for the category over 18 are called strawberries. The most famous philologist of Russia, Vinogradov, in his book "History of Words" says that Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol laid the foundation for this funny term. If you remember, in his famous book "Dead Souls" there is a character, lieutenant Kuvshinnikov, who was famous for his adventures and passion for the female sex, which he himself called like this: "to use about strawberries." It is with the popularity of "Dead Souls" that this berry is associated with the playful name of erotica.

Strawberries as cosmetics

As soon as strawberries became known and widely used, they began to be actively used for cosmetic purposes. Strawberries help in the fight against acne and enlarged pores. Also, fresh strawberries and the acid they contain help fight the inevitable aging of the skin.

Even in ancient Rome, strawberry juice and strawberry pulp were used to whiten teeth and freshen breath, in other words, strawberries were used as toothpaste. But French women who could afford it preferred to take whole strawberry baths, as it was believed that this prolongs youth.

Strawberry masks

Whitening mask

For whitening, you need to take a few large berries, remove the stalk, and then very well crush them. Apply the resulting slurry on the face, neck and décolleté, hold for 10-20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with water. Then apply a moisturizer that matches your skin type.

For aging skin

To help with aging skin, take 3 berries, grind thoroughly, add a teaspoon of clay for oily skin. If you have dry skin, add some cream to the mask, apply this mass to the skin, leave for a few minutes and rinse with cool water.

For problem skin

To help problem skin, take a few berries, juice them and add a couple of spoons of cosmetic clay. Apply thoroughly to the skin, hold for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

Masks of gooseberries can also help, which stimulate cell renewal.

Contraindications

Of course, strawberries are very tasty and healthy, but there are some contraindications for their use. Firstly, it should be avoided by those who suffer from various types of allergies, as strawberries, unfortunately, are an allergen. People who have a stomach or intestinal ulcer should not eat fresh strawberries, as an aggravation may occur. However, this is more about the quantity than its application in general. If you have an ulcer, consult your doctor first before making strawberry desserts.

Also, you should not buy berries that have just appeared from merchants: they are usually grown in greenhouses and various chemicals are used to speed up their growth, which can be very bad for your body. It is better to wait a bit and enjoy real, naturally ripened berries.

Strawberries should also be used with great caution in children, pregnant and lactating women. This is primarily due to its allergen properties, but in addition, one should be careful about decoctions or tinctures from the leaves and stems of this plant.