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Useful properties and contraindications of cranberries


Cranberries - a rather famous berry. It grows in swamps in the wild in the northern regions of our country. Ripens in the fall much later than other types of berries.

It deserves its popularity because of its many useful properties.

The composition of berries, calorie

The cranberry is unique in its composition, namely, the presence of vitamins and minerals in it.

The composition of the berries include:

  1. A whole set of vitamins such as K, A, PP, groups B and C. Most of it contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
  2. Minerals (potassium, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, silver).
  3. Organic acids. The composition contains only natural acids of plant origin (citric, ursolic, chlorogenic, benzoic, oleanolic).
  4. Antioxidants and catechins.
  5. Polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are present only in the grains.
Cranberries are not even high-calorie berries. It contains only about 30 kcal per 100 grams.

Protein, sugar, fats and carbohydrates are represented in it in small quantities. But it has a high content of fiber.

Product of the day. Cranberry:

Useful and healing properties for the human body

Cranberries are valued for their many beneficial qualities for the human body. These include:

  1. Normalization of metabolic processes. Help in the removal from the body of all toxins and toxic substances.
  2. Reducing high blood pressure.
  3. Strengthening capillaries.
  4. Normalizes cholesterol in the blood. Interferes with formation in blood vessels of blood clots and plaques, well thins blood.
  5. Antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effect. Well reduces high temperature with colds and flu. Helps the body to fight its intoxication.
  6. Strengthening immunity. Cranberry eliminates vitamin deficiency, being a kind of source for giving strength and vigor to the body.
  7. Prevention of the formation of malignant tumors in the body.
  8. Improved concentration.
  9. The analgesic effect on headaches or pains in women during menstruation.
  10. Strengthening the nervous system, hair and nails.

About the benefits of cranberry for the body:

Possible harm to health and contraindications

Along with other products, this berry has its contraindications to use. These include the following indicators:

  • cranberry allergy. It manifests itself mainly in the form of allergic manifestations on the skin. It can be in the form of a rash, redness, itching. Therefore, it is contraindicated in women during breastfeeding, as well as children under 3 years;
  • the presence of gastric or intestinal ulcers. as well as various types of gastritis. You can not eat cranberries during the exacerbation of these diseases;
  • low pressure (hypotension);
  • the presence of urolithiasis, gout, liver disease.
Cranberries should not be eaten if you have allergies, gout, low pressure and ulcers.

Recommended do not eat fresh berries or juice before eatingso that the gastric mucosa is not irritated and gastric juice is not excreted in large quantities.

Cranberry juice before use must be diluted with water.

Traditional methods of treating various diseases

Cranberry is widely used in traditional medicine for the treatment and prevention of various diseases.

With cold and flu

Cranberry has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, makes a person sweat. Because of this, she well knocks fever.

Drinks from it quench thirst. With colds, it is necessary to drink cranberry infusion.

Cooking method: berries (1 cup) crush and pour boiling water (1 liter). The resulting solution is brought to a boil, infused, then filtered. Drink during the day for 1 glass several times.

Cranberry has antipyretic effect on the human body, quenches thirst

With hypertension

Berries, juice or jelly from them have a good diuretic effect on the human body. At the same time, potassium is not washed out of the body.

Additionally, potassium is contained in the berries themselves. It helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, supports them in tone, thereby helping to normalize blood pressure.

One of the recipes for cranberry drink from hypertension: Crush 2 cups of berries, add 0.5 cups of granulated sugar, add 1 cup of water.

Stir the mixture, bring to a boil and strain. Mix the mixture in the amount of several teaspoons with hot water and drink as tea.

Good for quinsy

In this case, cranberry juice is used.. They can gargle and use inside. To rinse the juice, you must first dilute with water by half.

When consumed inside prepare the following means: cranberry juice and beet juice, honey, vodka are mixed together in equal proportions.

The mixture is infused for 3 days, stirring occasionally every day. The finished composition take 1 tablespoon about an hour before meals.

Cranberry juice gargle with sore throat, make an infusion for ingestion

With cystitis

Cranberry acts on the body as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antiseptic. The proanthocyanide contained in it prevents the bacteria causing cystitis from accumulating on the walls of the bladder.

It is recommended for its treatment. daily drink 1 glass of fresh juice.

To strengthen the immune system and eliminate beriberi

Cranberries, due to its composition, helps to strengthen the immune system and saturate the human body with vitamins, especially in the spring.

To do this, it is recommended to take such a drink.A: A handful of berries pour 0.5 liters of hot water, leave to insist, then strain and drink as tea. You can add honey.

The second version of the drink: The cranberry ground with sugar (2 spoons) is poured with boiling water, infused. Ready drink drink as usual tea.

Cranberry - rejuvenating berry:

Cranberry during pregnancy

Cranberries are also beneficial for pregnant women. This can be explained by a large amount of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is able at this time to protect women from viruses and infections.well helps strengthen the immune system.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for pregnant women is 120-150 mg. Morse or cranberry jelly in the amount of 1 cup contains just such an amount of vitamin.

To enhance the benefits you can add some honey. Eat cranberries in this form should be in mode 3 through 3, that is, 3 days reception, 3 days break.

Also, cranberries are used as a means to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases. Every month the uterus of a pregnant woman increases. This leads to stagnation of urine and the appearance of cystitis or urethritis.

To avoid these troubles should be daily drink diluted fresh cranberry juice. It helps to improve blood flow in the placenta, maintain the tone of the blood vessels of a pregnant woman.

Pregnant women you should not eat cranberries in any form in the last stages of pregnancy. It increases the acidity of breast milk, it hurts the baby. The timing of the termination of reception is determined by the doctor.

Cranberries are useful for pregnant women, but not in the last stages of pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Application in cosmetology

Cranberry has found its application in cosmetology. She copes well with skin diseases.such as scrofula, psoriasis, lichen, allergic skin rashes, burns. In all these cases, lotion or cranberry ointment is used.

For the preparation of the ointment will need berries (2 tablespoons), petrolatum (50 grams) and lanolin (50 grams). Fruits fray and squeeze. Vaseline with lanolin is added to the resulting juice. Mix to a uniform consistency.

Ointment for storage put in the fridge.. Apply as needed, causing damage to the skin with a thin layer.

In addition, cranberry is part of a variety of cosmetics for the face and body. It helps gently cleanse the skin of dead cells, nourishes it.

Processing methods

Cranberries can be eaten not only raw. There are quite a few ways to process it.

The most famous are:

  1. Cranberries, ground with sugar. For this, 2 kg of ripe berries are ground with a blender and mixed with 3 kg of granulated sugar. It is stored for quite a long time in the refrigerator or just in a cool place.
  2. Cranberry Kissel. A solution of 1 tbsp. spoons of starch and 1 tbsp. cold water is poured into water with sugar and crushed cranberries. Cook the mixture until it thickens for about 10-15 minutes. Then juice is poured into the resulting kissel, mixed and removed from the heat. Kissel is ready to eat.
  3. Cranberry Jam. It can be cooked with only one cranberry, or with various additives, such as apples. 1 kg of apples, 1 kg of berries, 2 cups of chopped walnuts pour pre-cooked syrup and put on a slow fire. Blend the mixture for 30 minutes with constant stirring. The finished jam is transferred to sterilized jars and rolled.
  4. Morse. Berries (0.5 kg) are ground in a blender, squeezed juice. In the remaining berries pour water and boil for 5-10 minutes. The resulting decoction must be drained and add the pressed juice. To taste in the juice you can add sugar or honey.
Cranberries are used to make jam and jelly, fruit drinks, and rub with sugar.

Cranberries are beautifully stored fresh. within a few months. To store them choose a well-ventilated and cool place.

The berries themselves must be ripe and well dried. In addition, the cranberries can be frozen or dried, while its shelf life increases.

Cranberries should be present in the diet of each person.. It brings many benefits to man, is a kind of natural antibiotic. But at the same time you should not forget about her some contraindications.