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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

Altai shamans

It’s hard to say when there was shamanism in the Altai. Many centuries ago. But already in the 20s of the twentieth century, after the revolution and the separation of Orthodox Church from the state, which led to the crisis in the Altai spiritual mission, to shamanism came back many baptized Altaians, everywhere there were the ritual with sacrifices of domestic animals. Slaughter of cattle in sacrifice to the spirits is of such a size that it began to concern local authorities EUROSAI Autonomous region. End the practice of shamans of the cult marked the ensuing collectivization. While shamanic ritual places still was conducted in a narrow circle of believers without the tambourine and sacrifices. Is it possible to say that shamanism is not now in Altai? No, most likely, shamanism simply changed the life form.

Scientific ethnographic study of shamanism were held in tsarist Russia, then in the Soviet Union from the 30s. And now in modern Russia from time to time come out with new research this regional religion of the Altai shamanism. To illustrate the ritual of the Altai shamans meaningless compilation of modern works, eyewitness exclamations, here’s what you need.

To send sacrifices in Altaians and other Siberian non-Russians, there is a special class of shamans, which they call kammi. Kumami are not only men,but women; the belief of the Altaians, the Kama is born with an irresistible desire Kamlat, i.e. Kuesnacht. 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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