Cloudberries are very valuable as a source of vitamin C and essential amino acids. Plain plant is highly respected by people who are familiar with herbs and their properties. It grows in swamps, in the northern regions, mainly in mosses. What is cloudberry? Its useful properties today are unfairly forgotten. Let's talk today about what it is used in traditional medicine.
It turns out that this grass is a very close relative of the royal rose. The plant itself is rather unsightly, low and grassy. It is this swamp grass that produces such a wonderful berry as cloudberry. We will consider useful properties below, let's finish the description of the plant itself. It grows in a damp, marshy area, but it has almost no leaves. This indicates that the plant appeared unequivocally in the southern and arid regions. However, it blooms and bears fruit much better in a wet and cold climate.
The value of cloudberries
It is not for nothing that indigenous Siberians value this berry and go to its collections every year. Why today we are not talking about lingonberries or blueberries, but decided to consider such a berry as cloudberry? Its useful properties are known for a long time. Below we consider in more detail all the vitamins and minerals that are in this swamp berry. In addition to fiber, it contains essential amino acids.
Berry successfully fights hypovitaminosis and avitaminosis. Let's look at what vitamins it contains. This is vitamin A, which is essential for the health of the visual system. The berries contain a lot of vitamin PP, or nicotinic acid. This substance is necessary for the activation of tissue nutrition enzymes, some digestive enzymes and proteins. But this does not exhaust the rich composition of such a product as cloudberries.
Useful properties are manifested due to the rich content of vitamin B. This is an improvement in memory, and an increase in mental activity, and an increase in vital activity by improving metabolism. Finally, it is necessary to note the high content of vitamin C. It is necessary for healthy skin and hair. This is a powerful weapon for combating a number of diseases, since this vitamin helps to raise immunity.
Separately, we note vitamin E. This element provides muscle tone and strengthens the walls of blood vessels. This is a real vitamin of youth, it is necessary first of all for women to preserve beauty.
Trace elements in the composition of cloudberries
Indeed, this swamp berry is not only famous for its vitamins. The healing properties of cloudberries are partly due to the harmonious combination of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for our body every day. This is primarily iron, which is vital for the production of white blood cells and hemoglobin, that is, to strengthen the immune system. Cobalt contained in the berry is very useful for the digestive system, and if it is lacking, problems with the pancreas begin.
The most important component, which is necessary for bone is phosphorus, it is contained in these berries in large quantities. In addition, it regulates kidney function. Potassium, which many in berries, is an essential component of calcium-sodium exchange, due to which functioning of all the organs and systems.
Based on such a rich composition, it is easy to assume that the therapeutic properties of cloudberries are just as extensive. Many centuries ago, herbalists already knew and appreciated this berry, and also used it for healing. It has a great hemostatic and antispasmodic effect. With colds and viral diseases, it is a magnificent natural immunostimulant that helps to clean up itself faster. The leaves have a strong healing and anti-inflammatory effect, and therefore they are recommended to be taken with urolithiasis and cystitis, bleeding and inflammatory processes.
We already wrote that the berry contains a lot of potassium. This allows you to use it effectively in hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. For the treatment of scurvy, it is no less effective than sauerkraut. The leaves of the cloudberry are indispensable for the elimination of skin diseases and inflammatory processes on the skin. It is used for speedy healing of damage of any nature – from burns to festering wounds.
How to use this wonderful berry
The most commonly used tincture of cloudberries. Her drink with gout, urolithiasis and other diseases of the excretory system. The thing is, this is a powerful diuretic. Cloudberries are recommended for general metabolic disorders.
Awesome berry retains its therapeutic properties in any form. Treatment does not decrease the therapeutic properties, that is, and jam, and jam, even juice and compote will have all the properties of the berries. Frozen product is only slightly inferior to fresh. Preparation of cloudberry – it's not complex, but preferably the heat treatment is to minimize.
For which diseases its use is recommended
Most often recommended to use cloudberries with scurvy. The high content of vitamin C allows you to completely eliminate the development of the disease. In case of catarrhal diseases, cloudberry is the most valuable product, which makes it possible to ease the course of the disease and bring healing closer. Cloudberries are good for avitaminosis and hypovitaminosis, as it contains almost all the necessary set of useful substances.
In the list of indications for its use – metabolic disorders and diseases of the bladder, bleeding, poorly healing wounds, digestive disorders, and diseases accompanied by inflammatory processes, hypertension and obesity. Any of these diseases would require a full examination by a doctor, medical history and confirmation of diagnosis. Only then can you prescribe a cure, part of which is cloudberry. Because it's not a cure, in the case of serious diseases, it should act only as auxiliary means.
Despite all its beneficial properties, cloudberry has contraindications. It can cause severe allergic reactions, almost like citrus, so you need to be careful of those who are prone to allergies. The use of cloudberries does not apply to the treatment of diseases of the digestive system. Moreover, with gastritis and colitis, it should not be used. It is necessary to avoid the use of berries in case of ulcers of the stomach and duodenum. It must be remembered that cloudberry increases blood clotting, so before using it you should always consult with your doctor.
Cloudberry. Recipes with healing berries
This valuable component can be part of face and body creams, hair care products. The nutrients contained in cloudberries have a positive effect on the skin. For medicinal purposes, decoctions and infusions of leaves, roots, stems and berries of the plant are used. For the preparation of medicinal infusion, you need two tablespoons of raw materials, pour a glass of boiling water and insist or boil if the roots are used. Can be used for outdoor and indoor use.
To prepare the berry for the winter, it is recommended to make jam. One kilogram of berries will need the same amount of sugar. Pour the berries with sugar and leave overnight. In the morning bring to a boil and remove from heat. When the mixture has cooled, wipe it through a sieve and bring to a boil again.
You can make an amazing candy. To do this, heat the berries in the oven to soften, then rub them with sugar through a sieve in a ratio of 1: 2 and dry the mixture in the oven.
Very quickly, you can cook a useful compote. To do this, a kilogram of berries and 200 g of sugar are poured into a jar, boiled water is poured and sterilized for 15 minutes.
As you can see, there are many ways in which cloudberries are harvested. Recipes can be added and come up with new ones.
Let's sum up
Cloudberry is a valuable berry, long known for its healing properties. It is quite difficult to find for a city dweller, today lingonberries are already sold in supermarkets, but blueberries and cloudberries are practically not found. However, if you are lucky enough to get to the swamps, do not miss the chance to look for a wonderful berry. This is a real pantry of health, because it contains almost all the microelements necessary for a person.