We eat fruits and berries every day – fresh, fried, dried, steamed, canned… We love them for the inimitable taste and flavor, but we rarely think how much they are useful for our health, which ones we need most. Some of them have really healing qualities. Let’s consider some of them.
Fresh or dried, they don’t lose their properties and can be used all the year round. Apricots are indispensable in diseases associated with potassium deficiency. They help in diseases of the stomach and metabolic disorders, improve memory due to high content of magnesium and phosphorus. They are also full of vitamins B, C, provitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sulfur and silicon; as a source of beta-carotene apricots can prevent heart disease and even cancer development. A cup of apricot juice is enough for the daily requirement of vitamins. Dried apricots are also used in magnesium diets for the treatment of hypertension and anemia.
Peaches contain essential oils, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins C, B, provitamin A (carotene). These fruits are recommended for those who suffer from kidney and cardiovascular diseases, liver and gallbladder diseases. Peach fruits enhance the secretory activity of digestive glands and help to digest fatty foods. The decoction or fresh juice from the leaves of peach help with rheumatism and headaches. Fresh peaches stimulate the formation of hemoglobin.
Pears contain almost all the useful vitamins, macro- and microelements, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur. They improve metabolism, digestion, stimulate the activity of the kidneys and liver. They are also useful in anemia. For this, you can take ripe pears, peel them from the skin and make a puree, then add a spoonful of honey. Pears also improve immunity and make an anti-inflammatory effect. But be careful – you should eat pears in an hour after meal and in no case on an empty stomach. And after pears you shouldn’t drink tap water, cold drinks, eat heavy fatty foods, meat.
Blueberry contains such minerals as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine. It reduces the amount of sugar in the blood, increases the acidity of gastric juice, improves digestion, metabolism, enhances visual acuity, improves blood supply to retina of eyes. To restore sight it is recommended to fill 1 tablespoon of dried blueberries with cold water to 2 inches above the level of the berries in the evening and in the morning to eat them on an empty stomach 30 minutes before breakfast. These berries are also used in the treatment of dysentery and avitaminosis. Blueberry is rich for antioxidants, therefore is able to regulate glucose level in the blood plasma, thereby lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.