Basic information about Blueberries
Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are a deciduous shrub, originating in North America, where it is still cultivated today. Except in natural conditions, blueberry today has its hybrid cousin that is grown on plantations.
This low bush has green ovary leaves, which are small and with short stems. The flowers are pale purple and appear during the April-July period. After flowering, the plant develops its recognizable round fruits in the form of a berry of dark blue or even black. The taste of blueberries is bitterly sweet, acidic and pungent.
What is the chemical composition of blueberries?
Leaves and ripe fruits are harvested as medicinal parts of the blackberries.
Leaves are rich in minerals and vitamins - vitamin C, vitamin B, carotene, potassium, sodium, manganese, chromium, and iron, copper.
The berries are abound with vitamin C, organic acids (apple, citric acid), carotene, pectin, anthocyanin, antioxidants, flavonoids.
It is characteristic for blueberries to have a low glycemic index.
Gliricidal mirtillin, which is found in blueberries, is nowadays rightly referred to as herbal insulin, so leaves of blueberries are used for the treatment of diabetes.
What are the Health Benefits of Blueberries?
1. Stops diarrhea and relieves stomachache
Blueberries have tannins that run along the mucous membranes and prevent the passage of toxins and bacteria through the mucous membrane of the gut. This significantly aids in diarrhea at children, colitis, and typhus.
On the other hand, they eliminate hypersensitivity, acute and chronic stomach ulcers.
Fresh squeezed blueberry juice affects the ejection of intestinal parasites.
By gargling fresh juice from the blueberries in the mouth, the bad breath is removed.
2. Fresh raw blueberry juice, as one of the best and most natural medicines, serves to flush throats and gargling at states of throat catarrh, afte, inflammation of the gingiva.
3. For better hair growth, use lukewarm tea from blueberries leaves.
4. The presence of anthocyanin, which, besides giving a dark color to blueberries, they have an effect on the oxidative changes in the body. This significantly influences the prevention of cataract, laceration of the lens, Alzheimer's, stroke, blockage at the level of brain circulation.
5. Blueberries have been shown to have an effect on lowering blood pressure.
6. Due to the low glycemic index, as well as the presence of substances labeled as mirtillin, blueberries are excellent food both for the prevention of diabetes and for diabetic diet.
7. Blueberries have a role in preventing urinary tract infections.
8. A lot of vitamin C in blueberries and other microelements significantly elevates immunity during the winter months.
Note: Blueberry leaves should be taken in a scaled dose and not too long, as they may have harmful effects.
Prepare a delicious and healthy tea from blueberries
A liter of boiling water is pour over handful of dried or fresh blueberries leaves for 10 minutes. We drink 3-4 cups a day. Even more efficient is mixed tea, with the addition of wild strawberries and blackberries leaves. This tea is one of the best anti-diabetes medicines.