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Useful properties and contraindications of blueberry

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What is just not discussed at women's forums - Goji berries, pineapple, jojoba ... In terms of the frequency of references, blueberries are far from the first lines of the rating.

Undeservedly forgotten berries are often confused with blueberries. Outwardly, they are similar, but the blueberry is larger and its flesh is green.. Another plus blueberries - its berries do not paint the mouth, you can eat without fear of appearing afterwards with blue teeth and lips. Let's talk more about the beneficial properties and contraindications of blueberries.

Vitamin composition and calorie blueberries

The nutritional value of 100 grams of blueberry is:

  • proteins - 1 gram,
  • fats - 0.5 grams,
  • carbohydrate - 6.6 grams.

Such a quite decent sugar content is combined with an insignificant calorie content of berries.: 100 grams of blueberry is only 39 calories. A list of all useful ingredients rightly puts blueberries in the list of not only dietary, but also medical products.

Garden blueberries

The berry is delicious, consists of 90% water, and the remaining 10% is pure good.: vitamins (A, C, PP, B1, B2, K), micro- and macroelements (Fe, P, Ca, M and K), citric, acetic, malic, nicotinic, oxalic acids, fiber, pectins, carotene, tannins substances, antioxidants ...

Almost all of these substances are contained in the leaves.

It is known that all purple fruits and berries contain anthocyanins that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. So in blueberry there are 4 times more of them - 1600 mg of anthocyanins - against 400 mg / 100g for blueberries.

Useful properties of berries for the human body

This composition has anti-cancer properties and increases the ability of cells to regenerate. Regular consumption of at least a glass of berries helps to increase the production of natural collagen by 2 times.. There is even a special lifting program for getting rid of wrinkles, based on a forest blueberry diet.

With 39 calories per 100 grams of berries - blueberries are indispensable in diets with strict calorie restriction. Carotene, which affects the formation of a beautiful tan, the human body absorbs from blueberry almost completely, which is not the case with carotene from traditional carrots.

Blueberries are used as an effective remedy for beriberi, in addition, this berry is valued for its rejuvenating and antioxidant properties

But apart from cosmetic effects, the formed collagen increases the elasticity of blood vessel walls and the general blood flow, which contributes to the oxygenation of all the cells in the body. The use of blueberries can not only look good, but also significantly reduce the possibility of heart attack and other heart diseases.

Not only berries have useful properties. A decoction of the leaves is not only used as a mild laxative, but also to bring the level of sugar, useful for anemia and diseases of the cardiovascular system.

Active influence on the nutrition of the brain tissue and the vascular system, helps to improve memory and memory processes. There is evidence that its use can slow down the progressive development of senile dementia - Alzheimer's disease. And if you drink fresh juice - the age-related weakening of memory will not develop at all..

In diseases of the internal organs, grated berries are very helpful. To use blueberries for cystitis, gastritis, enterocolitis advise not only nutritionists. The only thing that you should definitely pay attention to is at low acidity, eating blueberries in large quantities is undesirable: It is naturally endowed with a high content of natural organic acids.

Sour drink is indicated for colds, exacerbations of renal diseases. Blueberry based drinks are far superior in this quality not only imported lemons, but also traditional cranberries.

Harm from blueberry berries and contraindications for use

Overeat blueberries still not worth it. This is not about allergies - an excess of antioxidants can be harmful to health, because it reduces the amount of oxygen entering the muscles.

There is another important aspect - Blueberries increase blood coagulation. This means that its use must be limited to cardiovascular patients who are forced to take drugs to reduce blood viscosity (with the risk of strokes and heart attacks).

Blueberry berries can cause weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Gastroenterologist patients with low acidity also should not abuse blueberries because of the high content of organic acids.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers you should consult with your doctor in any case, even in the absence of any painful symptoms.

The use of blueberry berries in traditional medicine

Long since traditional medicine has successfully used the properties of blueberry for the treatment of various diseases of men and women.

To normalize the bowels they used either a decoction of the leaves (it has a laxative effect), or an infusion of berries (a bonding effect is manifested if the berries are kneaded and boiled water for 15 minutes).

How to cook a decoction

2 tablespoons dry or fresh leaves pour a glass of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes and to cool naturally.

A decoction of blueberry leaves is very useful in diabetes, heart disease and anemia

Sour drink from garden blueberry berries also contributes to the treatment of inflammation of the kidneys and urolithiasis - The acid is capable of dissolving small kidney stones and helps to cleanse the kidneys.

Blueberry berry tea with honey treated colds.. Instead of modern pills and antibiotics, the antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, anti-scorching, mild sedative effect of blueberries was used.

Modern folk medicine in the list of diseases that are successfully treated at the initial stage by simple consumption of blueberries, includes non-immune diabetes, pancreatic diseases, age-related changes in memory, mild cases of radiation sickness, varicose veins.

No one knew about thrombosis, but Blueberry has been used successfully to combat low clotting with its high content of vitamin K.

Use of berries during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Regularly feasting on blueberry berries during pregnancy is absolutely justified. It not only contains many vitamins, but also is saturated with microelements:

  • magnesium responsible for the development of the nervous system of the baby,
  • iron provides oxygen nutrition.

During pregnancy, it is important for a woman to get not only enough vitamins, but also dietary fiber, peptins and antioxidants, which this berry is so rich with.

Blueberry protects against all sorts of viral diseases, completely undesirable during pregnancy

After childbirth, pediatricians also advise not to give up their favorite berry - eating blueberries makes a nursing mother more relaxed (the effect of magnesium) and postpartum anemia passes faster (iron from blueberries is absorbed almost completely).

Blueberry consumption can cause unpleasant symptoms.: diarrhea, bloating, indigestion. But this happens if at a time to eat about 1 kilogram of berries. So for a nursing mother and baby overdose is unlikely.

A woman should introduce any new products into her diet gradually - this is a well-known fact. Three months after giving birth, you can start with a few berries to eat blueberries.. If the baby does not show signs of allergy, the number of berries can be gradually increased. It is only necessary to know the measure and be attentive to all changes in the health of the baby.

Blueberry Vitamin Recipes

Blueberry drinks are not only tasty, but also beneficial to the human body. If you cook them correctly, most of the nutrients are saved. What berry is needed and how much, look in our recipes.

Morsy from sour berries is recommended as a drink for various colds.

Blueberry juice

Blueberry juice

It will take:

  • 500 grams of blueberry berries
  • 100 grams of blueberries,
  • 200-300 grams of sugar
  • 3 liters of water.

Cooking:

Berries to sort and rinse under running water. In enamelware, crush until juice appears, adding sugar in the process. During this time, the water in the pot should boil. Rubbed with sugar berries to shift to the pan and stirring, bring almost to the boil. Immediately turn off. After cooling, strain and bottle. Keep refrigerated.

Blueberry Kissel

Blueberry Kissel

It will take:

  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries,
  • 0.5 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon with a hill of starch,
  • 1/3 tsp citric acid,
  • 1 liter of water.

Cooking:

  • Berries fray through a fine sieve - it turns out separately husks and juice. Marc is poured boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the broth, add sugar and bring to a boil. Squeeze throw away.
  • In a separate bowl, dilute the starch with a small amount of cold water. A thin stream with constant stirring, pour into boiling syrup.
  • Add gently add the juice of blueberries and citric acid.
  • Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat..
  • In order not to form a film, you can sprinkle with sugar.
  • Kissel is ready.
Blueberries are consumed both fresh and prepared for the winter in frozen form, mashed with sugar or boiled jam.

Garden Blueberries Rubbed With Sugar

Blueberries with sugar

It will take:

  • 1 kg of blueberry berries
  • 300-400 grams of sugar.

Cooking:

Mash berries or smash blender, add granulated sugar and mix in an enamel bowl. Heat to dissolve sugar. Spread in sterile jars.

To preserve the vitamin composition of mashed potatoes better stored in the refrigerator.For storage in the basement the blank must be sterilized and rolled up.

Jam

Blueberry jam

Would need:

  • 1 kg of berries,
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 glass of water.

Cooking:

  • Blueberry to sort, wash and dry.
  • While the berries are drying, they prepare a syrup.
  • Berries fall asleep in syrup for 15-20 minutes.
  • Over low heat with constant stirring boil the mixture for about 20 minutestaking off the foam.
  • The finished jam is laid out in sterile jars, twisted and turned.
  • Banks wrapped and left to cool.

Such jam is successfully stored even without a refrigerator.

Conclusion

Do not exaggerate the therapeutic effect of regular use of blueberry berries, but also should not neglect such a valuable gift of nature.

You can be skeptical of traditional medicine, but the chemical composition and the long-term practice of nutritionists only confirms that this berry deserves more attention.

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