Video: ❶ Useful Properties Of Lingonberry
Lingonberry is an evergreen shrub of the heather family with frequent red berries. The useful and medicinal properties of this plant have been known for a long time, and not only the berries, but also the leaves of the bush have healing qualities. Location: Location: Lingonberry is absolutely unpretentious in storage, therefore it retains all its useful properties for a long time. It grows in pine forests and dry peat bogs in Siberia, European Russia and the Caucasus mountains. The shrub blooms with small white-pink flowers in early summer and is held in special esteem by beekeepers.
Lingonberry berries have a whole range of nutrients and trace elements. The healing properties are due to the richest chemical composition; berries contain a large amount of ascorbic acid, vitamins A and E, as well as carotene and pectin. In addition, the fruits contain organic acids (salicylic, malic and acetic), tannins, carbohydrates. The forest berry is also famous for its low glucose content (10-15%) and the presence of such important trace elements as magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
Due to the substances contained in the berries, lingonberry has an antihelminthic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and soothing effect. In folk medicine, these fruits are successfully used for gout, osteochondrosis, gastritis with low acidity, urolithiasis and inflammation of the bladder. For the treatment of metabolic arthritis, it is recommended to eat a glass of fresh lingonberries per day.
Lingonberry leaves have no less useful properties than berries, and are successfully used for health and healing purposes. They contain a natural antiseptic - arbutin, as well as flavonoids, antioxidants, tannins and substances that have astringent properties - tannins. By the way, the leaves are used much more often than berries, this is due to their long storage, easy preparation and unpretentiousness during transportation. Lingonberry leaves can be purchased at almost any pharmacy. They are used as an astringent, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immunomodulating and choleretic agent. A decoction of lingonberry leaves softens and removes salts and stones from the kidneys.
Lingonberry is an excellent helper in coronary heart disease due to the content of chromium, copper and mineral salts in berries. These fruits are recommended for use in food for people suffering from high blood sugar, because lingonberry helps to reduce glucose levels. Juice from berries is taken for neuroses and anemia; it also has a positive effect on intestinal motility.