Cloudberry - is artisanal or herbaceous plant belonging to the family of pink.
At the height of cloudberries reaches 30 cm. Its stems are erect and have 2-3 leaves. At the top of the stem is a white flower. Cloudberry is dioecious plant, pistil and stamen why flowers are arranged on different stems. Female flowers slightly smaller than the male. Berry cloudberries in appearance resembles a raspberry, but differs from the latter taste and smell. Unripe berries are red, which as they mature changed to amber-orange.
Cloudberry grows in northern swamp forests, tundra moss and peat bogs. Rarely found in the forests of central Russia. Popularly known as the northern orange cloudberry, moss currants, raspberries or arctic swamp amber. Very popular was this berry in pre-revolutionary Russia. It even served to the king's table in the form of fresh or pickled, and called the royal berry.
The composition of cloudberry
The benefits to the human body cloudberry overemphasized. It is a whole treasure trove of useful and valuable substances. The cloudberry contains 4, 4% carbohydrates, 0, 9% fat, and 0 to 8% protein. 100 Calories, 0 g of berries is 40 kcal. The ripe berries a lot of pectin, cellulose, organic acids, tannins, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and volatile production. The cloudberry contain 7 times more minerals and almost twice as much ascorbic acid (vitamin C), than oranges. In addition it comprises vitamins A, PP, B1 and B3, potassium, phosphorus, cobalt, iron, and seeds contain essential oil.
Cloudberry: properties and applications
Cloudberry - an excellent source of biologically active substances. It contains vitamins and minerals make this berry a valuable dietary product. Use cloudberry is still in the fact that due to its composition, it can also be used in treatment of various diseases.
The main feature of cloudberry should call it antiscorbutic action. It also improves the appetite and promotes better digestion. Other properties of cloudberries are astringent, antibacterial, antispasmodic, hemostatic, and diaphoretic action. It is widely used in the treatment of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases. Especially useful cloudberries for people suffering from gastritis with decreased secretion of gastric juice.
With regular use of cloudberry food improves metabolism, increases the mood and overall performance. This berry is an excellent means of preventing the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Use cloudberry is not only in its berries, but also in the roots, leaves, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, healing and hemostatic properties. Infusions and decoctions of the leaves and roots of cloudberries are used to treat vitamin deficiency, metabolic disorders, kidney stone disease, malaria and colds.
In recent years, cloudberry extracts have been widely used in cosmetics. They are part of a variety of creams, anti-aging, nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
Do not eat cloudberries food for people suffering from gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, gastritis with increased secretion of gastric juice.
Use of cloudberry
Berry cloudberry possess powerful antioxidant properties that prevent premature aging of the human body and the appearance of malignant tumors. Moreover cloudberry splits bad cholesterol and removes it from the body, and helps to strengthen the immune system. The juice of the berries cloudberry is used to treat scabies.
Particularly invaluable in the treatment of obesity cloudberries. It is a low-calorie product, and its biologically active substances contribute to the normalization of metabolic processes, reduce swelling of soft tissues.
Use cloudberry northern peoples has been known since ancient times and in the Scandinavian countries, it was worth its weight in gold. Considering all the benefits of cloudberries and its services for human health, in Finland the image of this berry was applied to coins of 2 euros.