Green insulin or cranberries are considered, from ancient times, miraculous treatments for many diseases, especially those of the urinary tract.
Their beneficial impact has been discovered by our ancestors and confirmed today by specialized studies. Medicinal properties are more likely to benefit from nutritional benefits. Leaves for therapeutic properties are also used. Cut the branches to dry, then shake the leaves through the beating. Prepare as an infusion or decoction.
Fruits are harvested between September and October. They are consumed fresh, dried, candied or preserved in different ways. The active substances are: arbutin, hydroquinone, tannin, flavonoids. Researchers have found that they contain more flavonoids than any other forest fruit! They also contain vitamin C, vitamin A (beta-carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3) as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Cranberry leaves, always green, contain tannins (antimicrobial and antioxidant substances), flavonoids (antioxidants), which have a strong anti-infective action.
Cranberries are very precious for their extremely powerful anti-infective effect, being used in the pharmaceutical industry to produce highly sophisticated anti-infectives. A study at the University of Kuopio, Finland, found that these fruits contain extremely high amounts of quercetin, a flavonoid (a pigment present in many fruits, vegetables, flowers) with strong anti-inflammatory properties, according to www.healwithfood.org , being effective in relieving pain caused by arthritis and reducing inflammation.
Leaf preparations are diuretic, lithotriptic (dissolves urinary calculi), antidiarrheal, powerful antiseptic for the urinary tract. They are recommended for kidney problems (especially lithiasis), urinary infections, acute and chronic cystitis, urethritis, leukorrhea, pyelonephritis. Leaves are also included in the composition of diuretic teas. It is also noted that cranberry reduces the smell of urine – a beneficial effect for elderly people suffering from incontinence.
Cranberry juice is used to prevent the accumulation of bacteria among teeth, causing tartar and tooth decay. For these conditions, it is recommended to rinse the mouth with infusion of plants combined with cranberry leaves.
Cranberry, called "green insulin," should not miss the daily diet of people with diabetes because they have a low sugar concentration, and because of its properties it helps to lower blood sugar, according to the site healthyfocus.org.
At the same time, the leaves and fruits can increase visual acuity, have antiseptic, antidiarrheal, astringent and diaphoretic effects (cause sweating). Vitamin C in the fruit, along with antioxidant minerals, can prevent flu and gum disease.
It is advised to consume fruits in any form (raw or dehydrated, juice, sauce, etc.) and in several instances. They protect the body from chronic diseases, primarily from the cardiovascular, with the highest antioxidant content, of all common fruits found in cranberries.
Daily consumption of mountain ribbons, as they are popularly known, forms a protective wall against pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, Helicobacter pylori (responsible for gastric ulcer), Streptococcus mutans (the main responsible for dental caries). Responsible for these medical benefits are cranberry proanthocyanides, which act against various bacteria.
In addition, it has been scientifically proven that cranberries have a positive impact on the fight against malignant tumors. A group of Canadian researchers have shown how mammary gland cancer cells are at a much lower risk of developing tumors if these fruits are consumed due to proanthocyanidin, an antioxidant 20 times more potent than vitamin C.
Thanks to antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body, cranberries are a real support for the body and rheumatic diseases. Cure with cranberry juice can also supplement slimming belts: Organic acids have the ability to reduce fat deposits in just a few weeks, according to plantegoji.ro.
Recent research published in 2014 has shown that regular consumption of cranberry (no matter what form) prevents bacteria from sticking to the body, lowering infections and strengthening the immune system, according to healthyfocus.org.