Useful properties of cloudberry and contraindications, application in folk medicine
A large number of different berries grow on the territory of Russia. Among them, far from the most famous are relatives of raspberries, northern berries. Moroshka belongs to the plant of the Rubus family. It can be found in wetlands and tundra. Berry is very capricious, since it does not like rain, wind and frost, but it is very useful.
Sour and sweet taste and aroma are similar to a mixture of currants and oranges. In addition to the name "northern berry" in the people it is also called "moss currant".The composition of nutrients and trace elements, however, has much in common with these crops.
So, in cloudberry contains:
- vitamins B1, B2, PP, A;
- potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, aluminum, silicon, sodium;
- carotenoids, beta-carotene;
- fatty and organic acids;
- mono- and disaccharides;
- tanning agents;
- dietary fiber;
- other useful substances.
These northern berries are 84% water. In addition, they have a high content of vitamins, so they become a source of important elements for the body.
Useful properties of cloudberry and contraindications
Phytotherapists have long appreciated the therapeutic effect that berry yields and uses it. The use of cloudberry promotes:
- to improve blood circulation;
- regeneration and cell renewal;
- cardiovascular enhancement;
- lowering of blood pressure;
- strengthen immunity;
- preventing infection;
- improved vision.
Like all plants, saturated with many useful substances, there are useful properties of cloudberries, and contraindications. Berry has the following therapeutic effect:
- is antimicrobial;
- is an anti-inflammatory;
It perfectly treats skin diseases, moisturizing, softening and restoring the skin. Helps nail growth and stops hair loss. Having considered useful properties of cloudberries, and contraindications will now also be studied to know whether it is possible to take this berry into food.
It is not necessary to use the milk powder for individual intolerance, and not only in pure form. It is not necessary and there are dishes with its addition. In addition, cloudberry is contraindicated in:
- diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
- enhanced acidity;
- chronic kidney and liver diseases.
Even if a person is healthy, berries should not be abused. Otherwise, itching, rash, and heartburn or nausea may occur.
Frozen berries( the photo you see), which has a favorable effect on the digestive system, normalizing the work of the gastrointestinal tract, removing toxins and toxins from the body, helping to eliminate excess fluid, get rid of swelling and normalize lymphatic drainagesystem. Having a very low calorie content and low sugar content, she actively struggles with excess weight.
Dishes that can be cooked for this purpose are as follows:
- compotes, juices and other beverages;
- puree, soufflé, puddings;
- gravy and sauces;
From it make teas, prepare marmalade, pastille and jam. Despite the fact that these are sweet dishes, due to the presence of cloudberries in the diet they are allowed.
Berry can be combined with mushrooms, meat, fish, cereals and muesli, nuts, dairy products, vegetables and dried fruits, croutons and honey.
But, of course, the most valuable is fresh cloudberry( berry).The following photo illustrates the most common dietary dish with her. This sauerkraut, with the addition of carrots and cranberries with cloudberries. The dressing is water and spices.
There are no diets that would consist only of cloudberries( so-called mono-diets).But the fact that, adding it to the diet, you will significantly improve your body and help to get rid of excess kilograms, this is an established fact.
How to use
In a week it is good to eat 2-3 times 100-150 grams of berries. This same rule also applies to pregnant women. But breastfeeding mothers should consult a doctor before taking cloudberries for food.
For up to 8 months, children should not be given berries. From a year old it can be added to fruit puree, for example, from apples. Begin to feed from one tablespoon, gradually increasing the portion. You can eat the puree in its pure form from the age of three and only under the supervision of adults.
How to choose
Berry matures exactly in the middle of summer. But the period does not last long, only half a month. An interesting feature is that the red color of the fruit means an unripened berry. When ripeness is achieved, it acquires a yellowish-orange color.
If you buy cloudberries in a store or on the market, you need to carefully examine it: whether there are any signs of spoilage and whether it is covered with mold.
Useful properties of cloudberry will appear, and contraindications will become relevant only if the product is of poor quality. That is, the berry should not be rumpled or with a selected juice. But the preferred option will be a purchase with sepals, since in this form it is better preserved. In frozen form, cloudberries should be thoroughly probed so that the berries are not stuck together and do not have ice pieces.
The berries are stored at a temperature of 0 to 4 degrees. The term of mature fruit is up to 4 days, and green - up to two weeks.
Traditionally, cloudberry makes sweet dishes, compote or billets in its own juice. With another recipe, the berry is mixed with sugar, diluted in a ratio of 1: 1, and left so in the refrigerator. You can simply freeze the fruit. The main condition for this is their dry and undamaged condition.
Berry in folk medicine
Wizards treated various diseases, using not only fruits, but also leaves with plant roots. They relieved people of problems with the intestines, liver and kidneys, biliary tract and cardiovascular activity. It is noticed that with regular use, putrefactive processes in the GIT system are reduced, and biochemical processes return to normal.
It is useful to eat after poisoning, with avitaminosis, burns, colds, fatigue, cystitis, diarrhea, dropsy, scurvy, scabies and many other serious diseases.
In order to stop bleeding, take a tablespoon of dried leaves and pour a glass of boiling water. After cooling, you can take inside 70 ml 3 times a day.
In case of nephrolithiasis, drink plenty of water, and take infusion 4 times a day for 100 milliliters.
To get rid of pus, fresh leaves are greased with fish oil and applied to the affected area. Compress should be changed from 2 times a day.
To improve appetite, mix in a 1: 1 ratio of water and( cloudberry) juice. Comments from relatives caring for their relatives, cancer patients, testify that lubrication of the affected areas with a gruel facilitated the condition of the patient with tumors.
Very useful is tincture. It is taken with gout, kidney stones and metabolic disorders. It is prepared as follows. Take two teaspoons of leaves and pour a glass of boiling water. Then the tincture is left for several hours. The peas in this form is distributed on equal parts and drunk in one day. This recipe will also help with gastritis, if the acidity is lowered, for tumors.
It is also used cloudberry from cough, colds and with tuberculosis. An excellent effect is also provided by tea made from leaves, prepared in the usual way. It can add hips and honey instead of sugar.
There are many favorite sweets for children, based on cloudberry. Recipes of some of them will be considered below.
To prepare the jam takes a kilo of berries, as much sugar and a little water. First, water is mixed with sugar, the syrup is put on the fire and stirred. Berries are added after boiling and cook for 30 minutes. The mixture is then passed through a sieve, grinded, and boiled for another 10 minutes. Ready-made jam will help with colds, infections, increases immunity. It is used for prophylaxis in the off-season, when the risk of ARVI is high.
Pastille is prepared this way. Dry, put in the oven in a saucepan. Preheat the berries, wipe them through a sieve and add one part of the sugar to two parts of the cloudberry. Put it back in the oven and dry it. In this dish, all minerals and vitamins are preserved, so it is often used to treat infectious diseases.
The compote is very simple. After washing the fruits, they are placed in cans, combining with a layer of sugar. Then pour boiling water and cork.
For jelly the berries are ground, poured with water, brought to a boil and filtered. After this, add gelatin and sugar to the resulting broth, cook for 30 minutes and pack on dishes.
Powder for Pushkin
Legend has it that before his departure after the duel, the great poet asked for wet cloudberries. No one was surprised at this request, as everyone knew that he was very fond of this berry, as well as of cranberries. It is believed that the Pushkin family bought it on the Round Market from a merchant named Gerasim Dmitriev.
It took about two centuries, and this place was opened by a stylish restaurant, which is called: "Moroshka for Pushkin".Of course, there is, unfortunately, no berries in it. But the citizens of St. Petersburg are grateful for the memory of the Russian poet.