Getting to know a useful berries
Blueberry is a wild shrub of relatively small size, which gives us very useful fruits. Since in our region this plant is not common (its habitual habitat is central and northern parts of Russia), many of us got acquainted with blueberry berries in absentia, considering drawings on yoghurts and other sour-milk products with fruit and berry additives or on candy wrappers. We know about their benefits only by hearsay, when they tell us that yogurt with blueberries is one of the most useful. But the benefit is all in these small dark blue berries, shaped like beads.
Few know that tasty blueberries are not only in the composition of fermented milk products. Based on these berries, called blueberries for their ability to leave on the skin of hands difficult to wash away dark spots, reminiscent of ink, you can prepare delicious jams, jams, kissels, juices. During flowering the plant is valued as a rich honey, and ripe fruits can be used as a natural food coloring with useful properties, because blueberries are classified as medicinal plants.
It is important to know that not only berries containing easily digestible natural sugars, organic acids (citric, malic, oxalic, quinine, chlorogenic, lactic and amber), pectins, natural defenders of flavonoids, inulin, a lot of useful vitamins and minerals have medicinal properties. Shrub leaves, in which the amount of sugar is limited, also contain in their composition all the same useful components, vitamins (A, C, PP, E, group B) and mineral components, as well as tannins and glycosides, especially useful for normalizing the sugar level in blood.
Bilberry fruits, despite the sweetness, are considered a low-calorie product and have a small hypoglycemic index (GI), which means that the increase in blood sugar can be expected only if you consume the berry in large quantities.
Low caloric content of the product makes it possible to use it for the prevention of diabetes and the treatment of a borderline condition called prediabetes, which is often diagnosed during pregnancy. High content of pectin and fiber helps improve the digestion process and prevents the appearance of excess weight (or helps to fight it). Berries can be successfully used in medical diets and include in the children's diet, because it belongs to the category of hypoallergenic products, which means that almost all people can improve their health with it.
Since with diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2 there is a metabolic disorder that adversely affects the state of various organs and systems, due to the high carotene content, blueberries help prevent complications of diabetes, such as retinopathy and maculopathy, which are manifested in impaired vision in the patient.
Even healthy people know blueberries as a means to restore vision. On the pharmaceutical market, a lot of drugs and supplements on the basis of this useful berry, which helps treat visual disturbances and prevent its loss. In a day you usually need to use 3-6 such tablets or 0.2 kg of berry, so that vision is always normal. Blueberries contribute to the strengthening of blood vessels, which provide blood supply to the eyes and metabolism in them, which makes the body work more efficient.
What is useful for blueberries for diabetes? In addition to controlling weight and reducing the concentration of sugar in the blood, blueberries contribute to:
- normalization of the immune system,
- prevents the occurrence of inflammation in the area of wounds on the skin,
- stabilizes the pancreas (with pancreatitis it stops inflammation and fights infection),
- improves blood circulation by strengthening blood vessels and prevents late complications of diabetes mellitus in the form of neuropathies and microangiopathies,
- decrease cholesterol in the blood due to the content in the plant of natural flavonoids,
- reduces the negative impact of free radicals that cause oxidative stress, which becomes one of the risk factors for the development of diabetes mellitus (blueberry is an important product for disease prevention).
Thanks to these beneficial properties of blueberries, it is not only possible, but even recommended for use in diabetes. It is believed that it helps to treat type 2 diabetes, and with incurable and extremely severe insulin-dependent diabetes, the use of bilberry in small amounts helps to safely diversify the diet of patients, reduce blood sugar, which will reduce the dose of insulin administered, prevent various complications of the disease in late period.
The benefits of blueberries in diabetes are obvious, but in addition to diabetics, it will be very useful for other people, including those who do not yet have serious health problems. After all, blueberries are considered not only a medicinal plant, but also a preventive tool that helps to avoid possible health problems.
If a person has a predisposition to diabetes mellitus (there were cases of illness in the family), the use of blueberries will help prevent the development of this dangerous by its late complications and intractable illness. With a neglected form of diabetes with an excessively high sugar content in the blood, when the use of any sugars can be of unsatisfactory service, a blueberry leaf that, like berry, is able to reduce the concentration of glucose in the blood and urine in both pre-diabetes and diabetes of any degree .
It is clear that to limit oneself to medicines based on berries and blueberry leaves with severe forms of diabetes is meaningless. But the plant will help pharmacy hypoglycemic drugs maintain an acceptable level of glucose in the body, supply it with useful vitamins and minerals, which will reduce the risk of various complications.
Normalizing the state of blood vessels throughout the body, blueberries contribute to the normalization of blood circulation and blood pressure. She also participates in the synthesis of hemoglobin, improves the work of the liver, kidneys and intestines, prevents the deposition of salts in the joints and cholesterol on the walls of the vessels, has an antitoxic effect, helping to remove salts of heavy metals from the body.
Blueberries have a hemostatic effect, which makes it possible to use it in case of bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. It also helps fight diarrhea in food poisoning and bacteria hidden in the depths of the mouth and nasopharynx. The broth of blueberries is fighting with the pathogens of typhoid fever.
Vitamins A, C and E, as well as chlorogenic acid contained in bilberries are considered to be good natural antioxidants that slow the aging process and help in the fight against certain bacteria and viruses, because they restore the body's defenses. Although there is no rejuvenating effect over berries, their regular use makes it possible to look younger for several years. In addition, the strengthening of blood vessels due to vitamin C improves blood circulation, blood supplies oxygen and useful substances to the tissues, which prolongs the period of their normal functioning.
If we consider blueberries from the point of view of its antioxidant properties, then we can conclude that it is an excellent preventive against such diseases as atherosclerosis of vessels, Alzheimer's disease, IHD, hypertension, oncological diseases and diabetes mellitus, to which the aforementioned free radicals are involved.
Bilberry is a hypoallergenic medicinal plant useful for many diseases and is a delicious dessert that has been solved with diabetes. But when there are any violations in the body, you begin to treat even medicinal plants with extreme caution. It is clear that sweet berries, including bilberry, are not the dessert that can be consumed in excess in diabetes. Therefore, a diet is a diet, and if it involves limiting the consumption of sweet foods, this applies not only to confectionery, but also fruits and berries.
Leaflets or berries?
It is believed that any part of the plant, called blueberry, is useful in diabetes mellitus. They differ only in the content of sugar, so sweet fruits are sick, for which sugar is a kind of poison, try to avoid it. Do not do this, because most of the carbohydrates in the berry is fructose, which is not prohibited in diabetes, plus fruits and shoots, on the contrary, reduce blood glucose.
But if you still have concerns about berries, then everything is much easier with leaves and shoots. To survive in occasion of increase of a sugar of blood in this case it is not necessary. However, the question arises, how to brew leaves of blueberries in diabetes, because these are not delicious berries, which can be eaten raw.
Decoction of the leaves of blueberries is a medicine, the medicinal properties of which are recognized not only folk, but also traditional medicine. To make it with diabetes, you can use leaves and young shoots of blueberries. At the same time, fresh and dry raw materials prepared in advance for the medicinal broth are suitable.
For a glass of boiling water, you need to take a table spoon of chopped leaves and shoots full with a slide. To make the composition well brewed, and the leaves are softened enough and gave all the useful substances to water, it is recommended to steal it in a water bath with the lid closed. The cooking time is 40 minutes. The composition removed from the fire is cooled and filtered. Apply only the liquid part of 2 tablespoons. Three times a day.
Cooked according to this recipe, the decoction of blueberries is considered therapeutic for diabetes, as it helps to stabilize the level of glucose in the blood and prevent various complications of this serious disease. But this does not mean that the diabetic should be limited only by this natural medicine.
Bilberry leaves can be used to make fragrant herbal teas and decoctions based on several herbs, which will also have a curative effect on diabetes.
For example, you can take in equal quantities leaves of blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. 1 tbsp. Crushed herbs pour 1.5 cups of boiling water (300 g) and boil on a low heat for a quarter of an hour, then remove from the plate and leave to infuse. When the composition cools, it is filtered and taken before each meal (for 20-25 minutes) for 2 tablespoons.
You can also use the following composition: the leaves of blueberries, mint, chicory, dandelion and St. John's wort are mixed in equal proportions. A large spoonful of collection is filled with 1.5 cups of boiling water. We prepare and apply according to the previous recipe, as well as other similar compositions:
- leaves of blueberry, plantain, dandelion and nettle,
- leaves of blueberries, primrose, mulberry and dandelion,
- leaves blueberries and grass horsetail field,
- sheets of blueberries and nettles, plus the root of a dandelion,
- blueberry leaves and burdock roots,
- leaves of nettle and blueberry, plus flowers of elderberry,
- leaves and bark of mulberry, flowers of barberry, fox bilberries,
- leaves of blueberries and strawberries, bean pods, yarrow, hips,
- upper shoots of blueberries, beans and medicinal galleys.
There is also a recipe for a complex herbal decoction used to treat diabetes mellitus. A decoction is prepared on the basis of a herb collection containing equal parts of the leaves of blueberry, empty pods of beans, flaxseed and oat straw. Take 2 glasses of 200 ml of water, pour it 2 tablespoons. Our collection, boil for a quarter of an hour and leave to infuse for another 55-60 minutes. Next, the broth should be filtered and brought to the original volume cooled with boiled water.
Within 2 weeks, the broth should be drunk before meals three times a day. The recommended single dose is ½ cup. After a 2-week course of treatment, a 7-day break should be done, after which the treatment is repeated. Repeat a course is worthwhile if the treatment has yielded positive results.
With diabetes, you can try and take the next multicomponent infusion. As part of a mixture of herbs, we find equal parts of the herb horsetail, string and St. John's wort, the root of elecampane and zamanichi, leaves of mint and mulberry, the color of chamomile and elderberry, berry of the dogrose. In the composition, add the leaves of blueberries (2 parts). For a glass of boiling water, take 1 tablespoon. With a slide of herbal mixture and insist for a quarter of an hour in a warm place with the lid closed. The prepared composition should be drunk during the day in 3 divided doses.
As you can see, a blueberry leaf with diabetes can also be used to make delicious tea, which you can pamper yourself daily without special restrictions, and for the manufacture of medicinal formulations that are recommended to be taken according to the prescription.
Blueberry berries for diabetes
Blueberries are one of the few sweet berries that are not only allowed but also recommended for diabetes mellitus. Thanks to its unique properties to control the level of glucose in the blood, blueberries can be eaten regularly, without fear for their condition.
Blueberry berries can be included in your diet in fresh form, as well as in compotes, jelly, jam, and added to desserts and fillings. However, people with an excessively high level of glucose, the amount of eaten fruits should be somewhat limited. With type 1 diabetes mellitus and severe type 2 diabetes, you can eat a few fresh berries and drinks based on bilberry fruits cooked without the addition of sugar.
But blueberries can help those who have low blood sugar, which means that the drugs taken can provoke even a deficiency of glucose (hypoglycemia). These are the initial stages of the disease and the pre-diabetic condition. Such people in the diet can include even blueberry jam, cooked on sugar substitutes.
Recipes of jam from blueberries, recommended for type 2 diabetes, include not only fruits and sugar, but also fresh bush leaves, and sometimes leaves of other plants.
Delicious and useful dessert (jam) can be prepared as follows: take a half a kilo of fresh berries and boil them on a small fire with regular stirring to a viscous state. This will take 1-1.5 hours or more. When the bilberry mass becomes sufficiently viscous, add to it 30 grams of crushed blueberry leaf and leave the jam to cook for another 10 minutes, then add the sweetener (sorbitol, etc.) to taste and stir so that its crystals completely dissolve.
What else can you add to the jam for diabetics? Together with the leaves of blueberries in the blueberry mass, you can add an equal amount of fresh leaves of the viburnum, a small amount of vanilla or cinnamon powder (to your taste). This will help diversify the table of patients with diabetes and give a new taste to the familiar dishes.
But no matter how useful the blueberries are, jam is a jam, and this is a concentrated sweet product, with which you need to be very careful. It is believed that such a dessert will not cause harm in any type of diabetes, if it is consumed in a total of not more than 3 tsp. Per day.
Such a thick jam, if it is well boiled, will be an excellent filling for baking, made from rye flour. Of the more liquid jam, you can prepare delicious drinks, diluting the sweetness with water or tea without sugar. This is the best way to use the product.
With type 2 diabetes, you can try a recipe that has good reviews. We take equal quantities of berries (dry or fresh) and leaves of blueberries, cowberry leaves and chicory grass. We type 1 tbsp. Mixture of herbs and fill it with 1 tbsp. Boiling water. Boil the composition for 10-15 minutes on low heat and remove insist. Cool the broth filter, divide into 3 parts and drink for 3 admission. To drink "medicine" you need 30 minutes before eating.
And still, if there is such an opportunity, it is better to consume blueberries fresh, because thermal treatment always destroys some of the nutrients, in particular vitamin C. And in fresh fruits there is everything that is given to us by the generous hand of mother nature.
Alas, blueberries grow on the limited territory of our huge planet, and not everyone can eat fresh berries and brew fresh leaves of the plant for medicinal purposes. And even if you get to buy at the outlet a fragrant dark blue berries, you can keep them fresh for a long time only with the help of freezing. But even here some of the useful substances go away.
A good option in this regard are dried berries. They can be cooked independently in the oven at a temperature of no more than 70 degrees to preserve useful vitamins. As an effective antidiabetic remedy and natural remedy for vision improvement, helping to prevent such a complication of diabetes mellitus, like retinopathy, use a decoction of dried blueberry fruit.
For its preparation 1 tbsp. With a hill of dry berries pour a glass of boiling water and keep with a light boil on the fire for about 10-12 minutes. After that, the composition is removed from the fire and placed in a warm place (you can use a thermos bottle) for several hours. Take the broth four times a day. This should be done half an hour before a meal. Single dose - 1 tbsp.
The decoction should be continued for at least 2 months, followed by a two-week break and, if necessary, repeated treatment.
It would seem that blueberries are a good solution for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, which makes it possible to control the blood sugar level, but how can it be done if there is no plantation of shrubs nearby and there is nowhere to buy healing berries, shoots and leaves? In pharmacies or the Internet, you can look for a dry blueberry extract containing crushed bits of berries and plant leaves. Preparations from the extract of a useful plant with diabetes are usually issued in the form of capsules or tablets. Take them need courses for therapeutic purposes to normalize blood glucose, especially if hypoglycemic drugs have an excessive effect and lead to the development of hypoglycemia.
On the Internet you can find information about another interesting product, produced by the company "Lickberry". This is a blueberry paste containing in its composition crushed berries blueberries and useful components contained in fruit bones that are not available when eating fruits, because the pits in the body themselves are not digested and are removed from it in an unchanged form.
Due to the inclusion of the contents of the pits in the paste, the amount of chlorogenic acid in it is more than 10 times greater than in the flesh of the berries. Pasta is also distinguished by a high content of omega-acids and vitamin E.
Pasta is produced by hydrolysis of berries, due to which pectin (natural gelling agent) is released, and the composition acquires the appearance of a thick jelly, which is almost completely absorbed by the intestine.
Pasta can be consumed with any type of diabetes after eating. Patients with type 2 diabetes should take 1 tbsp. Pasta, diluted ½ cup of water, morning and evening. For those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it is recommended to use paste in the morning and during the snack, starting with 1 coffee spoon and bringing a single dose to 1 tablespoon (the children are given a dose of up to 1 dessert spoon).
In the absence of effect during 14-21 days, the drug begins to take on a different scheme. The first paste is taken after lunch, the second - half an hour before going to bed.
The information about the blueberry paste is given for informational purposes only. This is not advertising products, and information about one of the opportunities to help people with diabetes, if they get difficulties with the acquisition of raw bilberries. How to control the level of sugar in the blood, everyone decides for himself, especially since the use of blueberries and preparations on its basis does not replace the main treatment prescribed by a specialist doctor, but only complements it, making it more effective and pleasant (or tasty, like).