Useful properties of cherries, how can sweet and sour fruits help our body?
Among the fruit and berry crops grown in Russian gardens, cherry occupies a special place - the beneficial properties of this fruit tree were highly valued in antiquity. Moreover, not only bright red berries, but also the bark of a tree were used as a healing agent. Traditional healers advised leaning against the cherry with your back or sore spots in order to remove the ailment from the body, and also used cherry tree ash to cure various ailments.
Vitamins and nutrients that make up cherries
In Russia, cherry orchards appeared during the reign of Yuri Dolgoruk, and now almost every plot has a place for a small cherry tree, the fruits of which are used fresh, dried, frozen, as well as in the form of jam, jam, compote and various desserts.
The benefits of cherries are so great that only strawberries can be compared with it.
From our article you will learn:
- what vitamins and nutrients are hidden in the pulp of cherry fruits,
- how you can use different parts of the plant for health purposes,
- for what medicinal properties cherries have long been valued,
- the benefits and harms of this culture will also be discussed in detail.
Video about the benefits of cherries
The benefits of cherries are so great that only strawberries can be compared with it. And this is not surprising given such a rich composition of vitamins and minerals! The vitamins in cherries contain the following: C, PP, A, E, H, B1, B2, B6, as well as folic acid or vitamin B9. From micro- and macroelements: fluorine, iron, iodine, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, sodium, chromium, manganese, sulfur, potassium, chlorine, nickel, boron, rubidium, vanadium, cobalt. Cherries are especially rich in calcium, and in terms of molybdenum content they are in first place among berries. Although some of these elements are needed by our body in a minimal amount, however, with a lack of them, we are more susceptible to disease and age faster.
Cherry berries contain tannins, natural sugars (fructose and glucose), starch, organic acids and pectins. Separately, it is worth noting substances such as coumarin, due to which blood clotting decreases and the risk of blood clots decreases, ellagic acid, which blocks the development of cancer cells, as well as anthocyanins, which prevent early cell aging and increase capillary tone.
Cherry berries contain tannins, natural sugars (fructose and glucose), starch, organic acids and pectins
Why cherries are good for you - from pitted berries to leaves
The pulp of cherry berries can, without exaggeration, be called a tasty and healthy natural medicine with a wide spectrum of action:
- first of all, they are recommended to be actively consumed in order to increase hemoglobin in the blood, reduce high pressure and strengthen capillaries in order to avoid hemorrhages;
- cherries can serve as an excellent prophylactic agent against heart attacks, thrombosis, strokes, angina attacks and complications of arterial atherosclerosis;
- the pulp of the fruit is used in the treatment of gout and arthritis, since it reduces the level of uric acid in the body and eliminates inflammation of the joints;
- due to the rather high copper content, it is useful to include cherries in the diet in the treatment of epilepsy and some mental illnesses - cherries have a beneficial effect on the central nervous system and on the activity of the brain;
- anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties of cherries can successfully fight streptococci and staphylococci, destroy the causative agents of dysentery;
The pulp of the fruit is used in the treatment of gout and arthritis, as it reduces the level of uric acid in the body and eliminates inflammation of the joints
- the pulp of cherry fruits also helps with constipation, since pectin substances help to improve intestinal motility and effectively remove toxins from the body;
- for colds, cherries serve as an excellent antipyretic agent, and for bronchitis and dry cough, berries act as a mild but effective expectorant.
It is very useful to add cherries to the diet of pregnant women, because the berries contain folic acid, which plays an important role in the development of the embryo. In addition, eating cherry fruits can help cope with anemia during pregnancy.
The medicinal properties of cherries are no less vividly manifested in fresh cherry juice, which is considered one of the most useful among freshly squeezed juices. Like cherry pulp, the juice is effective against high temperatures, coughs, arthritis, and as a prophylactic against atherosclerosis.
Cherry juice is an effective natural antiseptic that inhibits dysentery pathogens, E. coli, pyogenic infections, etc. In addition, due to its low calorie content and beneficial effect on metabolic processes in the body, cherry juice is considered an excellent dietary aid. It can be drunk concentrated or diluted and harvested on time.
Cherry juice is an effective natural antiseptic that inhibits dysentery pathogens, E.coli, pyogenic infections, etc.
If cherry grows in your area, pay attention to collecting leaves that have fallen after the tree has flowered. They will be especially useful fresh, but you can prepare cherry leaves for future use by drying them under a canopy. Vitamin tea is brewed from cherry leaves, which has a hemostatic and anti-inflammatory effect.
With hypertension and bleeding, you can steam dry or fresh leaves in boiling water, insist for half an hour and use the strained infusion little by little throughout the day. Such an infusion will be especially useful for heavy menstruation and for nosebleeds. A decoction of cherry leaves, cooked in milk, is good for liver diseases, including hepatitis and gallstone disease.
Video about the beneficial properties of cherries
Due to the content of hydrocyanic acid, fresh cherry pits are strictly not recommended to be consumed, as they can cause poisoning. After heat treatment (when cooking compote or jam), the danger disappears, however, cherry pits are used only as external compresses (in mashed form) on sore spots with gout.
In addition to poisonous seeds, cherries can harm the body if consumed in large quantities for obesity, intestinal dysfunction, diabetes mellitus, indigestion, stomach ulcers and chronic lung diseases. Therefore, so that cherries do not harm you, the beneficial properties and contraindications to its use should be discussed with your doctor.
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Useful properties and contraindications of ginseng root
In translation from Chinese "ginseng" means "root-man", and its Latin name "Panax" (Panax) is consonant with the word "panacea". Symbolic coincidence! Indeed, the beneficial properties of ginseng are so varied that it is easier to describe them with the words "heals everything."
Several dozen biologically active substances - saponins, glycosides, essential oils, alkaloids, organic acids and others - have been isolated from the ginseng root. Some compounds are present only in ginseng, they are not even in the composition of related plants. Despite active research, it is believed that the chemical composition of ginseng has not been fully understood, and its effects on the human body have not yet been fully explained.
What do mulberry leaves look like, what they contain
The average length of the leaves is 12 cm, the shape is ovoid, in the form of a lobe. The location on the branch is next. Color - dark green with a shiny surface. The lower part of the leaf is more dull and lighter. The benefits of mulberry leaves are associated with the substances that make up:
- various vitamins
- essential oils that are similar to tea tree oil
The leaves of mulberry contain calcium in an active form, its amount in the leaves is 2 times more than in cow's milk.
Spicy root properties
Despite the relatively high calorie content, the product is used for weight loss, since the main property is the acceleration of metabolic processes. The nutritional value of dry ginger is 335 kcal per 100 g. Of these: 8.98 g of proteins, 4.24 g of fat, 71.62 g of carbohydrates. The rest is dietary fiber and ash. But a small pinch is added to food, so you can not be afraid of gaining weight.
- vitamins - betaine, ascorbic acid, PP and K, group B - pyridoxine, nicotinic, folic and pantothenic acids
- macronutrients - potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium
- trace elements - manganese, iron, zinc.
Dried ginger contains 10 essential amino acids and 8 non-essential amino acids. In addition, the composition includes phytosterol, Omega-9 fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. There are fewer essential oils in ginger powder than in fresh root, but the concentration of phenolic compounds is higher. If in cooking fresh ginger and ground ginger are interchangeable, then when preparing preparations according to traditional medicine recipes, one should take into account the benefits and harms of ground ginger.
With numerous studies of the properties of fresh and dried products, the American Association assigned the aboveground part of the plant and the newly dug rhizome to safety class 1, which allows the use of plant materials in special conditions - with toxicosis, lactation, and chronic gastrointestinal diseases. Ginger powder has a safety class of 2b, so its use is limited. An adult healthy person can add to food no more than
4-6 g, and drink up to 2 liters of ginger tea per day.
Physalis in cooking
Berry physalis is best consumed fresh, because the body receives a larger supply of nutrients. And it can be used as a decoration for cakes, for making desserts: preserves, jams, marmalades.
Vegetable physalis is good as an addition to soups, salads, vegetable stews. It is used in conservation: both as an independent product and as an additive to tomatoes and cucumbers.
On the surface of the physalis fruit there is a sticky substance - fizalin. Before use, it must be washed off with warm water.
Hawthorn is widely used in folk medicine for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases for men and women.
The flowers and fruits of this shrub are components of many remedies available over the counter. These are antihypertensive and heart medications.
These drugs are used for the following purposes:
- support the work of the cardiovascular system, strengthen the heart muscle, improve the heart's resistance to oxygen deficiency
- due to the more efficient work of the circulatory system, the internal organs are better supplied with blood
- relax smooth muscles
- as a sedative
- acts against atherosclerosis
- as agents used in lipid metabolism disorders
- berries are components of vitamin mixtures with a firming effect
- flower extract is used for injuries, edema, threatening thrombophlebitis
- lower blood pressure
- have antioxidant properties, delay cell aging
- support the functioning of the digestive system, thanks to the fiber content
- work as an antispasmodic
- lower bad cholesterol
- anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
- increase the activity of liver enzymes
- support the immune system, making it easier to flush out toxins from the body
- have a diuretic effect
- used in the cosmetic industry (creams, shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, bath products) - nourish the skin, improving its blood circulation.
Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases
Hawthorn is traditionally used to prevent and support the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It is used as an ingredient in the production of valuable drugs for heart palpitations. Its beneficial effect is the penetration of medicinal substances (mainly flavonoids) into the coronary vessels of the heart.
The heart, thanks to better blood circulation in it, is saturated with oxygen and more efficiently gets rid of harmful metabolites. It becomes stronger, the strength of its single contraction increases, and the number of contractions per minute decreases slightly. Therefore, the heart works more economically, rests well, and is not overloaded. This is especially important for older people with advanced coronary atherosclerosis, and for fairly young people who are at risk of or have had a heart attack.
Hawthorn extracts have a hypolipemic effect, lowering total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides, as well as raising HDL cholesterol (known as “good” cholesterol).
Reduction of atherosclerotic deposits
Hawthorn extract contains proanthocyanidins, which play an important role in the prevention of atherosclerosis. Proanthocyanidins are also found in grapes, which are known for their beneficial properties in preventing atherosclerosis. Hawthorn also has the ability to reduce the size of existing atherosclerotic deposits.
Decrease in blood pressure
The active compounds found in fresh hawthorn berries reduce resistance to blood flow (causing an increase in blood supply to the heart by dilating blood vessels), which in turn lowers blood pressure. Several clinical trials confirm a decrease in systolic and diastolic pressure, a decrease in heart rate and a decrease in the frequency of arrhythmias.
Traditional medicine has valued these properties for centuries! Hawthorn preparations, taken under medical supervision, are very effective in the early stages of heart failure and arrhythmias, and are especially recommended for the elderly. This has been proven by many studies.
The results of studies carried out in Turkey show that hawthorn extract is characterized by strong antimicrobial activity against a number of pathogenic bacteria and exhibits antifungal properties. For this reason, it is recommended to be consumed in winter.
Hawthorn has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the flavonoids it contains. These compounds prevent the synthesis and release of inflammatory factors such as histamine. The support of the immune system with hawthorn preparations has been shown in many studies.
Our ancestors appreciated the hawthorn, preparing various blanks from it. To be able to notice the beneficial effects of tea and other preparations from this plant on the cardiovascular system, heart and immunity, they should be taken regularly.
Attention! Hawthorn can be used prophylactically or as an adjunct to professional medical supervision. It can interact with medications, so you need to be careful in consulting your doctor before using it.
The relaxing effect of flavonoids has a soothing effect on menstrual pain and urinary tract diseases.
It is used in patients with hyperthyroidism and women in the menopause phase. Relieves some of the symptoms of menopause, has a calming effect, reduces hot flashes.
Decoctions of fruits improve mood, reduce anxiety.
Vitamin PP is also involved in improving digestion, so that we better absorb proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
Fiber helps in the fight against constipation, improves digestion.
Hawthorn preparations are also recommended for people who fall asleep poorly and whose sleep is restless. In the old days, children who had trouble falling asleep and were too nervous were bathed in a decoction of hawthorn inflorescences (or whole flowering twigs).
The remedy will help with heart palpitations due to excessive nervous tension. The soothing properties of this plant are appreciated by natural medicine advocates. Hawthorn is useful for neuralgia, insomnia.
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Dry bean cone treatments are becoming more and more popular. This is due to the environmental safety of raw materials and a minimum of contraindications. With frequent use of decoctions from a medicinal product, you can completely normalize the work of the whole body.