Dandelion – a natural remedy for many diseases
The dandelion (Taraxacum) belongs to the herb of the Asteraceae family. Even ancient people knew that the dandelion has medicinal properties, and that the juice drained from the young dandelion improves the impaired health.
The Latin name of the dandelion is Taraxacum officinale, which means “wild salad”, because its leaves have long been valued in the diet.
Dandelion is known for its healing, but also as a healthy food. It contains high concentrations of vitamins (A, B, C), minerals (especially potassium, sodium and magnesium) and organic acids. The spring dandelion is made from completely young leaves, which are harvested before blooming of the plant and outside the populated areas.
In folk medicine, the dandelion is applied to strengthen the body and to spring cleansing the blood. Tea, syrup or wine can be made from it.
In modern medicine dandelion has great importance as a means of helping normalize the exchange of substances in the body. With this, the dandelion works favorably in some diseases, such as atherosclerosis, gout, rheumatism, dermal rash, furunculosis (festering ulcers of the skin) and obesity.
In Bulgaria, the dandelion is widely used as a means of treating atherosclerosis, and in Germany and Poland, dandelion is also used as a natural kidney stone medicine and as an elixir in the period of reconvalescence after the persistent severe infectious diseases. The young leaves of the dandelion can be added to other fresh salads, put in stews, make delicious and healthy sauces from them and add to the meat roasted to the heat.
True gourmets argue that the acidified or marinated floral buds of the dandelion are great for making various delicious and healthy sauces and dressings.
Drugs based on dandelion should not be taken for more than a month and a half, as an overdose may burden the digestive organs and cause side effects. If used in recommended amounts, dandelion is one of the strongest remedies of nature.
For medications, dandelion that grows in a clean environment should be used. The urban dandelion filters out polluted air and absorbs toxins, so it is not recommended, as it can hurt more than help the body.
Kale – cheap superfood
What is superfood?
First they were blueberries, so spinach, so white tea, cranberry and broccoli. More recently, scientists and doctors have discovered through modern technology that many everyday and relatively inexpensive products can replace expensive tablets and preventive action against many serious illnesses. These products are also called superfood.
Kale is a superfood product. This leafy green vegetables are eaten all year round. It can be mixed with fruit in a blender and be drunk as an juice, eat like a salad, as a cookie or baked, as an addition to other dishes or as a healthy main meal.
Kale is an extremely nutritious and low-calorie product. This green leaf gives many benefits for our health, but also beauty.
It is rich in micronutrients, including vitamins A, C and B6, calcium minerals, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, carotenoids and chlorophyll. It contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which keep eye health. These phytochemicals help protect the eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun and other sources and prevents the occurrence of cataracts.
Also, due to the large amount of vitamin C, the kale is excellent for the skin, improves its tone, elasticity and youthful appearance.
Kale combats infections and helps lower blood cholesterol levels.
Kale contains vegetable fibers that regulate digestion, prevent constipation and help prevent overeating. It is rich in antioxidants, strengthens immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth, protects reproductive organs and is one of the products for detoxification of the body.
Kale is an excellent source of vitamin B, which is soluble in water, it is also rich in iron, which is why it is recommended for the poor-blooded. Two US Centers, the Center for Drug Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, recommend women a daily intake of 400 micrograms of vitamin B soluble in water. Pregnant women should pay particular attention to this intake, the lack of which can cause serious neurological consequences in the child.
Kale is rich in calcium, which can be absorbed as much as 30 percent more, unlike calcium in cow milk.
Because of the healing properties, experts recommend that they be consumed mostly in fresh condition, such as salad with an addition of garlic. It is recommended especially for those with rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure or people who have problems with digestion.
Fresh juice from kale is one of the favorite healthy drinks in Japan, and a shake with banana, cocoa and whey protein is the perfect breakfast.