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From Siberia With Health

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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Siberia is rich in ancient mysteries of nature that may never be known to man. The more valuable are the secrets that are already known and serve us today. One of these secrets is the ancient art of brewing coniferous tea, inherited from the shamans of the indigenous Siberian tribes.

Coniferous tea is a traditional drink of the inhabitants of the Siberian taiga, who are famous all over the world for their good health and longevity. Pine, spruce, fir needles contain vitamins and trace elements that strengthen the immune system in winter. In this article, you will learn about why white pine needle tea is considered one of the healthiest drinks in the world.

Siberian cedar is the oldest representative of the pine family. The tree is famous for its beauty and slimness. The love of this coniferous plant for sunlight is known. Being a long-lived pine, White Pine can reach the age of 400 years, although on average this figure is 200 - 250 years. Pinus sibirica begins to bear fruit only from the age of 15 - 40 with a sufficient amount of sunlight.

The healing properties of White Pine have been known for a long time. Due to the presence of biologically active substances in its composition, it is possible to successfully use this plant in the complex treatment of many diseases. Speaking of medicinal raw materials, it is worth noting that pine needles, resin (oleoresin), nuts, and their shells possess them. White Pine needles also have medicinal properties, and they bring the greatest benefit in the form of tea prepared according to old Siberian traditions.

Dihydroquercetin: medicinal properties and where it can be found.

As for dihydroquercetin, or taxifolin, it was discovered back in 1938, and for the first time showed its effectiveness in the fight against bleeding gums. At that time, the structure of dihydroquercetin was not yet known, and its functions, during the Second World War, research was suspended. But now we can fully explain its healing properties.

But here's the problem: unlike quercetin, it was not found in plants so often, despite the fact that quercetin and taxifolin molecules are very similar in structure, but very different in function and ability to heal the body.

Dihydroquercetin was found in grape seeds and rose petals, but naturally, it would be at least costly to isolate dihydroquercetin from these substances on an industrial scale, and we also do not use rose petals and grape seeds for food. Yes, there is a recipe for exotic jam made from rose petals and cold-pressed grape seed oil, but it is unlikely that they can be compared with onions, cabbage and plums in terms of frequency of use.

However, an almost inexhaustible source of taxifolin has now been found. This is an ecologically clean Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), which forms huge arrays of taiga forests in Siberia and the Far East. Dihydroquercetin occurs unevenly in larch tissues. There is more of it in that part of the trunk, which is called a lump, and goes into the roots. There is this bioflavonoid most of all.

The whole range of useful features of pine needle tea has long been revealed by the inhabitants of Siberia. Since ancient times, the locals have been constantly looking for a way to keep warm and a strong infusion of needles of coniferous trees came to their aid. The raw material for the remedy grows right on trees in all regions of Siberia, and the magic tea itself helps to protect against colds, depression and just a bad mood.

The main benefits of pine needle tea.

Correctly brewed coniferous tea contributes to the renewal of the body, improves concentration and halts the aging process. All this is possible due to the healing properties of the pine needle drink:

  • Strengthening of tooth enamel and gums;
  • Increase in the production of red blood cells. The infusion improves the quality of blood, prevents the formation of blood clots;
  • Enrichment of the body with a whole complex of vitamins from groups A, B, C. The needles contain a percentage of phosphorus, sodium and calcium;
  • Improving the quality of the skin. The skin becomes firmer, more elastic and looks rested. After a couple of cups of the drink, bruises under the eyes will disappear;
  • Strengthening the immune system. An irreplaceable property, especially in winter or during flu epidemics. What's more, the shikimic acid found in conifers is the main ingredient for most antiviral drugs.

What natural products contain suramin?

The richest sources of life-giving suramin today are conifers growing in ecologically clean regions of Siberia. Many generations of locals strengthen their immunity with the help of natural teas from:

  • Pine tree cones

Tea made from pine cones is a real treasure of useful substances. This tea helps with vascular and heart diseases. It also helps to normalize the functioning of the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. In Russia, such tea was used to fight hangovers and binge drinking. It is generally accepted that if you inhale pine vapors, you will immediately manifest an aversion to alcohol.

Today, many doctors also advise patients with oncology and diabetic ulcers to regularly take pine cone tea.

  • Spruce and Siberian pine fir needles.

Due to the high content of suramin, tea with pine needles is not only a method for treating diseases, it is effective for preventive purposes. Due to its high content of vitamin C, it is useful for the prevention of scurvy. In the cold season, spruce tea reliably protects against influenza, since the needles of needles contain shikimic acid.

Nature gave us small and tasty nuts, hinting that there should be a little good. The kernels of most types of nuts contain a large number of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated fats, and proteins.

Of all types of nuts, pine (cedar) nuts have unique properties that are beneficial to humans. Since ancient times, people have known the healing powers of pine nuts and therefore they have been widely used in folk medicine. They treated diseases such as gastritis, chronic pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, etc.

You may have noticed that on the Internet and the pages of English textbooks, nuts from pine trees are often called differently - someone speaks of them as "Pine Nuts", and in some places, you can find the mention of "Cedar Nuts". In this article, we will try to understand the etymology of these two phrases, as well as understand whether these nuts differ from each other.

So, is there any linguistic factor in the difference between the names "Pine Nuts" and "Cedar Nuts"? Of course there is, the first term owes its origin to the Latin word “Pinus” (“pine tree”). Cedar Nuts are derived from the Greek word "kedros" - this is how the ancient Greeks called the cedar trees growing in Lebanon and Asia Minor.

However, when using the distinction between “Pine Nuts” and “Cedar Nuts”, the English speakers define the nut growing region. When talking about "Cedar", Europeans and Americans mean nuts harvested in the Siberian taiga. This type of nuts is very different from the usual English “Pine Nuts”.

Pine nut oil is popular all over the world, especially among people who take care of their health. However, the main place for harvesting pine nuts is the vast Siberian taiga.

Most of the pine woodlands are located on the rocky placers of Eastern Siberia, and mountainous regions of Southern Siberia. In these regions, the harvest of pine nuts is an important business for locals; since the seeds of Siberian pine are a valuable product with unique healing properties.

How are pine cones harvested in Siberia?

Harvesting nuts is a time-consuming and multi-stage process. Therefore, several people participate in the cone gathering. Straying into teams, local people go to the forest for weeks. Pine nut harvesters set up a camp or build temporary housing in a remote forest to arrange a place for storing, peeling, and sifting the collected pine cones.

Pine resin (кедровая живица in Russian) is a versatile natural remedy that has been well known to Siberian (and not only Siberian) traditional healers and doctors for centuries. Today we will look at some interesting and little-known facts about this unique gift of Siberian nature.

Another name for the resin of pine is turpentine. The remedy sometimes sold in pharmacies is pine gum, an aromatic substance released naturally after bark damage.

Taking remedies based on Siberian pine nut resin is recommended only during daylight hours. This can be explained by the fact that resin and medical products derived from it interact best with the waking human body. At the same time, the pine resin, without arranging stressful situations for the body, gently and slowly turns on the regeneration process at the cellular level. As a result of this, the chromosome number begins to be restored in the human body.

Siberian cedar is a tree of very ancient origin, so much so that the first evidence of the existence of this species seems to belong to the period of glaciations. It is also a long-lived plant, resistant to cold climates and often large in size.

The area of growth covers the Russian Federation (Siberia), Asia, Europe, North America. The best nuts in chemical composition and energy value grow on Siberian cedar.

Everything is valuable and useful in Siberian cedar pine: wood, resin, needles, nuts-all this has medicinal properties.

Siberian larch is a coniferous tree from the genus Larch, reaching a height of up to 45 meters and 1 meter in diameter. Siberian larch is a real long – lived tree, its age can reach 400 years. The natural habitat of the larch is located in the high-altitude mountainous regions of the Northern Urals, Western Siberia, and the Altai, where it can receive enough sunlight necessary for growth.

Siberian larch is widely used for medical purposes, due to its high vitamin content, valuable acids and various useful components, specifically bioflavonoid Dihydroquercetin

Dihydroquercetin is found in the wood of Siberian larch and is known for its antioxidant properties, it belongs to the vitamins of group P. Siberian larch helps prevent diseases such as hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure, angina, atherosclerosis, ischemia, stroke and heart attack.

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