蓝莓 (lán méi)
Pretty and sweet dark blue berry, blueberry is a Northern plant, growing in North Europe, Russia, North America. It is a relative of cranberries and blackberries.
Blueberries like swamps, humid forests, particularly with pine and cedar tries and grows in tundra. In north Russia, where blueberries are abundant, they were always valued along with their leaves for healing, tonic and vitamin properties.
Northern and Eastern Europe, North Asia, North America.
Blueberries do have some unique qualities: they protect from radioactive components, strengthen blood vessels, keep intestine and stomach healthy, slow down aging of nervous cells and brain cells in general. Blueberries have anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial quality.
Blueberries are good for heart, as they put a barrier to formation of cholesterol . They have a valuable compound resveratrol, found some other 70 plants. This substance used by plants to protect them from bed weather, bacteria and fungi. In blueberries it is found mostly in the skin and has shown its effectiveness in preventing heart disease.
Also blueberries strengthen eye-sight and reduce eye stress in general.
Moreover blueberries contain carotene, vitamin A, flavonoids, vitamins B and C and 6 invaluable fatty acids. Some of these acids such as Ellagic Acid or Ellagitannin have very high anti-cancer quality.
Leaves of blueberry bushes have healing properties and are used in infusions or for food marinades. Blueberry juice and infusion of hot blueberries have slimming and detox qualities.
Blueberries are not medicine, however, due to the high concentration of biological active components it is often called super-food and contribute to our wellness and health.
Blueberries are wonderful as ingredients for skin care due to healing and skin rejuvenating properties. They are known to have one of the highest levels of anti-oxidants, beating green tea and red wine.
The pigment that makes blueberry so dark is called anthocyanin and that is what makes this berry one of the most effective anti-age products. Anthocyanin is a plant pigment and powerful anti-oxidant, which neutralizes free radical effect.
Fighting free radicals and toxins, anti-oxidants slow down skin aging process and keep it clear and toned.
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