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The health benefits of strawberries

Strawberries have a unique combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits that aid in cardiovascular support and improving regulation of blood sugars. They contain a huge amount of vitamin C, manganese, fiber, iodine, folate, copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, biotin, omega-3s, and vitamin B6.

Our bodies need everyday protection from oxidative and inflammatory damage and the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient content in strawberries is downright amazing. They are an excellent source of vitamins C and K and have been used throughout history to help with digestive ailments, skin irritants, and even teeth whitening. You only need eight medium-sized strawberries for 140% of the U.S. RDA for vitamin C. They are low in calories, tasty in everything from milkshakes to pies and cakes, and boost your immune system. What many are not aware of how great strawberries are for hair and skin.

3 Ways to use strawberries on your hair

Moisturizing strawberry hair mask

Strawberries enlist the aid of their antioxidants to protect cell membranes, which help keep hair moisturized. A great hair mask for moisture is combining one egg yolk with 3-4 mashed strawberries and applying to hair. Keep in for 20 minutes before washing out with cool water.

Natural shine treatment

Strawberries help your hair in several ways from adding shine to treating dandruff. For shine, simply add a tablespoon of mayonnaise to mashed strawberries until they form a paste. Apply the paste to your hair and keep it in for 20 minutes before washing out with cool water. Hair will be noticeably smoother and shinier.

Strawberry scalp exfoliator

They are great for exfoliating the scalp along with treating mild scalp conditions like dandruff. It also has a lot of silica and vitamin C, which is great for people suffering from hair thinning. To benefit those suffering hair follicles, simply mix 2 ripe strawberries (mashed) with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to your scalp for 20 minutes before washing out with cool water.

This recipe also helps with fungal growth on the scalp due to the magnesium, copper, and dicarboxylic acids content in strawberries that inhibit fungal growth on the scalp.

Why strawberries are good for your skin

Vitamin C along with lycopene in this aggregate fruit is known for anti-aging and preventing damaging to the skin by free radicals. This helps with the aging of the skin and hair along with improving the look of one’s skin. Strawberries also have skin-lightening properties and ellagic acid, which helps to reduce skin spots and help lighten dark spots. Those anti-inflammatory properties help with under-eye puffiness and is the reason you may find them in some under-eye treatments.

I simply add them to my smoothies, but this amazing fruit is too good for our hair to just drink. Try one of the recipes above and share how well they work for your hair.