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Five Superfoods which everyone should know

Relatively recently in this regard in Russia spoke about the so-called Superfoods (superfood). This is a group of natural products, combining the fruits of the plants, karenia, sprouts, seaweeds and seeds. It is believed that the prefix “super” they are indebted for their nutrients, the concentration of which they are much more than in all other products.

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Marketers left and right tell us that with regular use in combination with the General principles of good nutrition, Superfoods erase the traces of improper lifestyle, unbalanced diets and even the negative impact of bad environment. However, to date, there is no global medical research proving the therapeutic effects of such food.

But it is known that almost all products from the group of Superfoods used for thousands of years. Say at once that they never replaced the normal nutrition, Superfoods always went in addition to it.

But, as usual, in the pursuit of fashion people often forget to understand what actually are these natural food additives.

Varieties of Superfoods there are many. In Russia very popular so far acquired five products. We will understand in order that they represent.

In recent years interest towards small coral-red fruits of a Bush of Goji is marketed as a “cure-all”, having allegedly unique concentration of microelements and antioxidants. Continue reading

Is it possible in Belarus earn on medicinal herbs?

The farmer Valery Snigir for more than ten years of experience troublesome thing — the cultivation of medicinal herbs. It Novogrudok economy “Arnica Montana” is known to many people:

— Of course, I get satisfaction from work, but sometimes I wish I’d got in touch with herbs. For example, wheat or corn are always in demand in the market and does not need special care. And the grass requires more weeding. It is necessary to wash, to dry, to bring to the desired condition, to grind. And all handles. Try to mechanize all the process, purchased a mower, a shredder, but modern equipment is worth a lot of money (200 thousand euros). And, you can grow Valerian root, to harvest, but to interfere with the technology, and is raw no one will.

The farmer grows 200 acres of more than 20 species of medicinal and aromatic herbs (lemon balm, mint, sage, Catnip, hyssop, coriander and others), has a return of about 15-20 percent. Said that can live. Its products are bought by our company. The interest of the poles and the Russians. But they are asking for amounts to 20-30 tons, to recoup transportation costs. And at such volumes to go easy. Not everything depends on the willingness and diligence of the farmer.

Of the 22 farms that virascivanie herbs, 14 are farmer. And largely depends on how successfully the government will develop this industry. However, it remains the largest producer (about 50 percent of the total) is CSEA “state Farm “Big Mozheikovo”. Continue reading

Medicinal plants and their use

Medicinal plants is a huge treasure which people have used for thousands of years in its history. Even now, in the era of rapid development of chemistry and biotechnology, medicines from plants is about half of all drugs used in medicine. And despite notable advances achieved in recent times by the pharmaceutical industry, medicinal plants occupy an important place in the medical Arsenal.

There are the following types of herbs: official medicinal plants and plants used in folk medicine. The first type includes plants used as raw material for the manufacture of drugs. The second group is part of a huge list of medicinal plants, not recognized by official medicine, but is widely used to treat ailments around the world.

Especially actively use recipes from medicinal plants in poor countries where conventional medicine is simply not available to the broad masses of the population.

The history of medicinal plants

The human use of herbal medicines has a long history. Probably, people started to use plants for healing ailments and wounds another before he began to use them for food. Our ancestors began to use the healing properties of medicinal plants, relying not on knowledge and experience, and on cutey animal intuition.

Studying sites of ancient people, archaeologists often find special tools for the preparation of medicines from plants. The first written evidence of the use of medicinal properties of plants found in Ancient Assyria. Most active medicinal plants used by the physicians of Ancient Egypt. Continue reading

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