Dogwood - a genus of plants, a variety of which is about 50 species.  Dogwood Tree
 Fruit dogwood all the species of plants are a drupe with 1 - 2 seeds. The taste of dogwood berry sweet-sour, astringent and juiciness. It looks like a tall shrub dogwood (4 - 5 meters) with many thick branches (trunks). Sometimes it takes the form of high dogwood tree (up to 8 meters). We dogwood found in the Crimea and the Caucasus. He loves mountainous terrain: grows on the edges of woods, along the banks of rivers and high mountains. In ornamental horticulture is also growing this plant, but use dogwood in this embodiment is not, and even considered moderately toxic to humans.

Useful properties of dogwood and calorie

Pulp berries dogwood on the properties equivalent to all the famous storehouse of vitamins, black currants. Calorie fruit is only 40, 4 kcal.

Thus, the use of dogwood content presented many useful components:

  • Natural sugars (glucose, fructose);
  • Organic acids;
  • Nitrogenous substances;
  • Pectin;
  • Flavonoids;
  • Vitamins;
  • Mineral salts;
  • Essential oils;
  • Volatile;
  • Glycoside Corin.

The organic acid in the composition is 3 dogwood, 5%, it most malic, citric and rarely found in nature succinic acid.

List of vitamins, providing great benefit dogwoods, though not distinguished impressive volume, but it has a significant impact on health:

  • Provitamin A;
  • Vitamin P (rutin);
  • Vitamin C.

A total of 100 grams of dogwood contains 50 mg of ascorbic acid, this figure is higher than even black currants. Wealthy property dogwood represented by the content of many minerals:

  • Potassium;
  • Sulfur;
  • Magnesium;
  • Calcium;
  • Iron.

Bones dogwood consist of 34% of the fatty oils, and the roots and bark of the plant are rich in organic acids and tannins.

The leaves dogwood health benefits due to the content of tannins. It is these substances provide property dogwood as a diuretic and cholagogue. In addition, the use of dogwood leaves presented in the presence of vitamins C and E.

Natural volatile substances in the composition of dogwood have the following properties are extremely important for the health:

  • Antibacterial;
  • Anti-infective.

Thus, the regular use of dogwood help protect the body from different viruses, infections and improve its defenses.

If you have problems with the gastrointestinal tract and digestive benefits dogwood is especially pronounced. It uses properties of dogwood beneficial to the work of the gastrointestinal tract:

1. Improves appetite;

2. Combats indigestion;

3. normalizes the acidity in the stomach;

4. Eliminate heartburn.

Use dogwood causes its use in the treatment of gastritis gastric and duodenal ulcers, kidney and liver, gout. Dogwood is useful to use for people who are overweight and those who are watching their figure and fears better. Properties dogwood great help to establish the body's metabolism and lose weight as a result of the normalization of lipid metabolism. It also has a beneficial effect on the well-being and gives vitality.

A key feature of dogwood useful is its ability to tone the body. That is why dogwood is recommended for patients with the diseases of the blood (anemia, anemia) and other circulatory problems. Use dogwood in this case provides the following effects:

1. Increasing the level of hemoglobin in the blood;

2. Strengthen the walls of blood vessels;

3. Normalization of blood pressure.

Use dogwood

Collect berries need late autumn, when the useful properties of dogwood are maximized. With the onset of cold weather, dogwood is softer taste and aroma.

The mass of useful properties of dogwood is widely used for the treatment of humans. Thus, high levels of vitamin C in it achieves an immunostimulatory effect.

Dogwood berries, as well as teas and infusions of leaves, twigs and bark of the plant is recommended to consume as prevention and treatment of colds. Besides, antipyretic property dogwood used to reduce the heat in diseases of whatever nature. A huge list of useful properties of dogwood makes it an indispensable medication to combat vitamin deficiency. A significant benefit of dogwood berries promotes the excretion of uric acid and oxalic acid. And precisely because of pectins as part of the berries, improve the process of cleaning the body.

Property dogwood regulate and lower blood sugar is used in the treatment of diabetes. Leveraging the enzymatic activity of the pancreas, dogwood benefits to people with endocrine disorders.

Surprising property dogwood obliged phytoncids content: they help the body eliminate heavy metals and toxins from the body. Therefore, the use of dogwood is the ability to absorb toxins in serious intoxications (lead and mercury vapors). Furthermore, this property dogwood suggested its use as an excellent means to kill bacteria and viruses. Thus, the healing properties of dogwood are able to kill dysentery and typhoid bacteria.

The berries of dogwood have astringent properties, and because of mounting recommended as a medication for diarrhea, diarrhea.

Cornel used in food in raw form, as well as various berries are cooked. So, from a cooked compotes, jams, marmalade and jams. From leaf dogwood prepare medicinal teas and infusions. The most valuable properties of dogwood, of course, is raw. To do this, you can do from the berries juice. Great taste and the use of dogwood used to prepare liqueurs, wines, syrups, liqueurs.

Packs infusion of the leaf dogwood bring benefit for various skin diseases. Thus, the healing properties of dogwood help to cope with dermatitis, eczema. In addition, a decoction taken orally need to achieve a diuretic and choleretic effects.

Dogwood contains significant benefit in his bones. For example, a decoction of this part of the plant acts as a sedative and is shown in the neuroses and other mental disorders.

 Jam made from dogwood
 In addition, used for medicinal purposes and useful properties dogwood contained in its flowers. Of these, prepare a broth, helps with fever.

Dogwood, thanks to its astringent and cleansing properties, is actively used in cosmetics, skin care and hair care.

Contraindications and harm from the use of dogwood

Harm rather than benefit dogwood may only if you are hypersensitive to this product.

In addition, do not abuse the dogwood in the following impairments:

  • Increased acidity;
  • Nervous excitement.

We must remember that it is a moderate reception dogwood, on the contrary, reduces the acidity and calms the nervous system.