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From Siberia With Health

Bird cherry is often called a beautiful bride. This is because when a tree "puts on" festive snow-white clothes (blooms), it turns into a real miracle. However, not only the cherry blossoms should be paid attention to. Berries and powder made from them have a unique taste and smell.

Cupcakes, cakes, and pies made of cherry flour often have a taste of rum and chocolate. Reminds someone of almonds. This is because the product contains amygdalin, which has a unique aroma and taste. Such flour is rich in phytoncides, and its calorie content is almost 3 times less in comparison with classic wheat flour.

Useful properties.

Cherry flour was able to absorb all the best that fresh bird cherry berries possess. Namely:

  • Due to coumarin (2H-chromen-2-one) in the composition, it is possible to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, as well as stimulate the functions of the nervous system.
  • Vitamin P, which is part of the berry, and hence the powder, is a natural antioxidant that the human body cannot produce. By eating at least a portion of cherry flour dessert, you can satisfy your daily need for manganese, P-active compounds, and vitamin E.
  • Bird cherry powder can normalize the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as have an anti-inflammatory and restorative effect.
  • Berries are enriched with tannins, as well as malic citric acid.

Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica) has symbolized health, strength, longevity, and power since ancient times. The centuries-old use of its resin, wood, needles, and nuts is based on the practical benefits of the tree for human health.

The unique composition of pine nuts explains their beneficial properties. Pinus sibirica nut has a healing effect on various human organs: heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, skin, endocrine glands.

Many fans of pine nut products are wondering: what is the difference between pine nut flour and whole pine nuts and does flour lose its beneficial properties when ground? Let's try to answer this question:

What is pine nut flour?

Pine nut flour is a product made by cold pressing of pomace and oil obtained from the kernels of pine nuts. The homogeneous mass of powdery consistency has a pleasant aroma and is characterized by delicate taste qualities.

Compared with other types of flour, pine nut flour has almost 2 times fewer calories than whole wheat flour, 20% protein, 15 different minerals, 6 B vitamins, and vitamin E.

Toponymy is a complex science. Scientists are always interested in the origin of certain geographical names. Historians are also particularly interested in remote geographical objects, the names of which cause a lot of questions. A striking example is the Altai Mountains.

Here, dense coniferous forests grow on the gentle slopes, between them on the plains and in the highlands the purest turquoise of lakes, mountain rivers abound with noisy waterfalls — all this, together with velvety grass on alpine meadows, is the main wealth of this region.

In Altai, the cultures of several countries — Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia - have bizarrely converged. And this is not surprising, because it is at this point that the borders of these states converge. But why did Altai get the name "Golden Mountains"? Let's look at what scientists, travelers, and locals have to say about this.

Sea buckthorn has been famous for its healing properties since ancient times. Because of the bright orange berries, it has many names: "Orange Queen", "Sunny berry", "Golden Tree", and due to the light pineapple flavor, the berry is called "Siberian pineapple".

Many mistakenly think that only sea buckthorn berries have healing properties, but this is far from the case. Sea buckthorn is a truly unique plant – each of its parts is a kind of medicine for any serious illness or ailment.

In this article, we will look at the healing properties of bark and leaves harvested from sea buckthorn bushes, as well as how to make delicious tea from them.

Hawthorn liqueur is not just a delicious, fragrant and pleasant-colored drink, but also a great folk remedy for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. In moderation, experts recommend using it for migraines, exhaustion of the central nervous system, increased cholesterol in the blood and other ailments.

Most often, amateur winemakers use in the preparation of liqueur not only the hawthorn berries themselves, but also flowers with leaves. As a result, whatever recipe the winemaker uses, he will receive a high-quality and pleasant-tasting alcoholic drink at the end. Which recipe the home master chooses will depend on their personal preferences.

Classic liqueur recipe.

Most winemakers follow the classical, traditional Siberian technology of making hawthorn liqueur, which involves the use of the following ingredients:

  • Dry hawthorn fruits "Siberian Green" – 1 oz.
  • Alcohol – 100 ml.
  • Granulated sugar – 10 oz.

A powerful antioxidant, pine bark extract was originally used by indigenous peoples of North America and Asia as a medicinal herb. French navigator Jacques Cartier, who initiated the French colonization of Canada, used pine bark during an expedition in 1535 as a cure for scurvy caused by insufficient vitamin C levels in the body.

Nowadays, pharmacologists and nutritionists have also realized the many benefits associated with the healing effect of pine bark, which first appeared in the United States as a dietary supplement in 1987.

In this article, we will tell you why pine bark is often considered one of the best preventive and strengthening agents for human lungs and bronchus.

Pycnogenol - a unique healing substance.

Pine bark is one of the richest sources of a rare flavonoid called "pycnogenol". Studies have shown that pycnogenol has a complex positive effect on the human body. Pycnogenol can be obtained from different pine species such as Pinus radiata, Pinus densiflora, and Pinus thunbergii.

Flavonoids are phytonutrients, plant pigments found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that can have a beneficial effect on the condition of many human organs.

Pycnogenol can have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, reducing oxidative stress and improving vascular endothelial function. But more importantly, pycnogenol can improve the state of the respiratory system by affecting the level of leukotrienes in the blood serum.

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Many people have a question: why sea buckthorn berries are so oily? The answer is simple: this berry is greasy, as a very useful oil is made from it, hence these properties.

What does the composition of the berry depend on?

The main factors that affect the mineral and vitamin composition of sea buckthorn are:

  1. Grade.
  2. The place of growth.
  3. Harvest season.

During the autumn period, the maximum amount of minerals accumulate in berries in comparison, for example, with the August harvest. However, this rule is not universal, because there are more vitamins such as magnesium, potassium, and iron in fruits in autumn compared to summer, and less calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.

About sea buckthorn oil.

Sea buckthorn oil "Oleum Hippophaes" is an oil squeezed (cold pressed) from the berries of sea buckthorn. It can be also obtained in several other ways, by extraction of chemical solvents, maceration of dried pulp, and skin of sea buckthorn fruits using vegetable oils, for example, sunflower or olive. It is also obtained by extraction with liquefied carbon dioxide, centrifugation of sea buckthorn fruit juice, etc. But the best and the healthiest method is cold-pressing.

Ashwagandha: an effective soothing Adaptogen.

Ashwagandha has traditionally been used in India for more than 4,000 years. It is considered both a food and a tonic to improve energy, memory, and learning, increase libido and prevent premature aging.

Ashwagandha soothes and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is used to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, improve memory, and reduce inflammation and oxidative stress (damage from inflammation). Ashwagandha strengthens the immune system, is used in the treatment of arthritis, and can be useful in the treatment of fertility problems.

Eleutherococcus: an assistant to all athletes and an amplifier of the body's capabilities.

 “Siberian Ginseng” is one of the most studied Adaptogens to date. It is used to increase mental activity and performance, increase concentration, increase energy and endurance, reduce stress and fatigue, as well as to enhance immunity, and improve detoxification. It has anabolic properties, which means that it promotes muscle growth and prevents their destruction with age.

Shilajit is collected in inaccessible mountain gorges, rock crevices, and caves, which usually coincide with the habitats of bats and rodents.

Harvesters prefer solid raw Shilajit, black conglomerates with a specific smell, where the natural resin is mixed with stones, grass, sand. They are crushed, soaked in water, and defended, waiting for the ballast to settle. Then the dark liquid is thoroughly stirred and filtered through gauze. Excess moisture is removed by evaporation. It turns out a purified Shilajit – a thick viscous mass of dark brown color, completely soluble in water.

Ancient traditions of collecting Shilajit of indigenous Siberian people.

The inhabitants of Siberia have for many centuries preferred to collect during the period from the feast of Ivan Kupala (July 7) to Ilyin's Day (July 20). Historians explain this by the ancient traditions of collecting herbs in this region. According to the beliefs of indigenous tribes of residents, it was from July 7 to July 20 that pagan spirits transmitted their power to herbs, stones, resins, and other natural elements.

Slightly different traditions were in Southern Siberia. So, the indigenous people began collecting Shilajit on the holidays of the heyday of Nature, the Orthodox Trinity, or the Slavic holiday Zelenets (Birch Day), when the onset of summer is celebrated for three days, that is, either in the very last days of May or in the first week of June. This is not surprising, since it is much milder in the south of Siberia than in its other regions.

Siberians believed that resin collected on Trinity Day, or better on its eve, was considered the most healing and was used by healers and shamans to treat the most complex diseases and ailments. They were gathered in clean light clothes by the younger members of the family (clan) – young men and women.

Hawthorn from Siberia is a shrub with white flowers and small red or black berries. Both components can be used for medicinal purposes, however, berries are still used more often than inflorescences. The plant contains many compounds that provide tremendous benefits for the heart. At the same time, blood pressure is also affected to normalize it.

Among the useful components of hawthorn we can find:

  1. Hyperoside, stimulating the work of the myocardium. It provides an increase in the volume of blood output.
  2. Organic acids, which are charged with stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammatory processes in the vessels.
  3. Polyphenols can strengthen the walls of blood vessels and reduce their permeability.
  4. Vitexin, which can expand the walls of blood vessels, improve the work of the myocardium and make the vessels themselves more elastic.

Siberian hawthorn is rightfully considered a record holder for the content of useful minerals and vitamins. Per 100 g of berry there is:

  1. 100% of the daily value of folic acid, which has a positive effect on hematemesis.
  2. 142% of the norm of beta-carotene, which accelerates cell regeneration.
  3. 52% of the daily norm of potassium, which has a positive effect on the heart muscle.
  4. 2146% of the daily norm of selenium, which prevents atherosclerosis.
  5. 40% of the norm of zinc, which is an antioxidant that can improve the condition of vascular walls.
  6. 22% of iron, which affects the level of hemoglobin and provides oxygen transport to cells.
  7. 40% of the norm of vitamin E, acting as an antioxidant that can improve the condition of vascular cells.
  8. 370% cobalt, which takes part in hematemesis.
  9. 25% magnesium, which strengthens the nervous system and relieves the effects of stress.

Hawthorn berries are enriched with flavonoids, which in themselves are antioxidants capable of blocking the destructive effects of free radicals on all cells in the human body. It has been scientifically proven that these elements in the composition of hawthorn berries have the following positive effects:

  1. Reduce the risk of hypertension.
  2. Interfere with the development of coronary heart disease.
  3. Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The use of hawthorn berries also helps to improve the work of the heart muscle and increase physical endurance.

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