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    Jerusalem artichoke (tuber sunflower, artichoke) is a tuberous plant of the family Asteraceae and the genus of sunflower. As a close relative of the sunflower, Jerusalem artichoke can grow from 2 to 4 meters in height. Sturdy straight stem, covered with rough hairs, can withstand strong wind. From the main stem of the artichoke leaves a few small shoots. In late summer, artichoke blooms: several beautiful yellow flowers.

    Healthy properties of Jerusalem artichoke and the full range of nutrients in the tubers of Jerusalem artichoke leads scientists to wonder. It is known that Jerusalem artichoke is rich in vitamins b and C and contains many chemical elements (potassium, zinc, iron, silicon, copper, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus); in addition, the tubers contain a protein, sugar, pectin, dietary fiber, nitrogenous compounds, carotene, organic acids, and most important of its components – plant insulin analogue – inulin (the number can reach up to 18%). This substance has the ability to break down glucose in our body.

    All this makes the Jerusalem artichoke is very useful for those who are sick with diabetes. It is established that prolonged its use in food reduces the level of sugar. Jerusalem artichoke is an excellent way to prevent the development of diabetes for people in the "at risk" – i.e., those whose relatives affected by this serious illness.

    Unsplit stomach acid molecules of inulin and fiber acts like a sponge absorbs a large amount of glucose and allows it to be absorbed into the bloodstream. But the main advantage of Jerusalem artichoke is the unique ability of fructose to penetrate all cells of the human organs, without the aid of insulin and is high-grade to take the place of glucose. But that beneficial effects of Jerusalem artichoke is not the end, of short fragments of the molecules of inulin, just embedded in the cell wall and allow this, though not in large quantities, to get glucose into the cell. The high content of Jerusalem artichoke zinc, potassium, silicon, steadily reduces the level of glucose in the blood of the patient and thereby increases the production of pancreas ' own insulin.

    It is recommended to take in food with diabetes, as a means of reducing blood sugar. It is especially valuable for anemia.

    The Jerusalem artichoke has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Take it for arrhythmia, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, tachycardia, gout, at stones in the bladder, cystitis, in the treatment of tuberculosis, leukemia, pancreatitis in addition, the Jerusalem artichoke has a laxative and diuretic, used in the treatment of heartburn, gastritis, gastric ulcer, strengthens the nervous system after severe stress. Regular inclusion in the diet "artichoke", have a positive impact on vision.

    This list is not full. Those who regularly eat Jerusalem artichokes, thereby helping the body rid itself of accumulated toxic substances. The fruit of Jerusalem artichoke help to lose weight, to get rid of fatigue, exhaustion; they positively affect the condition of the body, strengthen the immune system, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, helps to combat salt deposits.

    As you can see, Jerusalem artichokes, useful properties of which we now understand, can be useful to many. Of course, don't forget to consult with doctors.

    I wish You good health!

  • Chicory

    Chicory is a plant with bright blue flowers, which has long been known for its beneficial properties. Healing properties have all parts of the chicory, but the greatest value is a root. In its composition contains up to 60% of inulin.

    Inulin – a substance that improves digestion, normalizes metabolism, lowers blood sugar, contributes to the development of useful intestinal microflora. In addition, inulin improves the immune system and improves overall health.

    Also the chicory root contain 10-20% fructose, glycoside, intimin (improves heart function and strengthens blood vessels), keratin, b vitamins (B1, B2, B3), vitamin C, macro - and microelements (sodium, potassium, calcium, iron), organic acids, tannins and protein substances, pectin, resin. Chicory in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Chicory is used to improve digestion, develop intestinal flora, improves appetite, normalizes the digestive tract. Substances contained in chicory, contribute to the weakening of the inflammatory process of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. And therefore used in the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers and 12 duodenal ulcer, gastritis, dysbiosis, dispersion, constipation.

    Chicory in liver disease. The chicory used in the prevention and treatment of liver diseases such as cirrhosis, hepatitis. He has the ability to increase blood flow and metabolic processes in the liver.

    Chicory kidney disease Chicory is known as a good diuretic and therefore, finds wide application in the treatment of the kidneys, particularly kidney disease, diseases of the bladder.

    Chicory in gallbladder disease. Chicory has proved its effectiveness in the fight against gallstones, is a good cholagogue, accelerates the process of dissolution of stones in the gallbladder.

    Chicory heart diseases. Chicory is effective for pain in the heart. Due to the high content of potassium – necessary for normal work of heart – chicory helps to eliminate from the blood of "bad" cholesterol, promotes vasodilation, increase in amplitude and normalization of heart rate. And because chicory is widely known for its beneficial properties among people suffering from atherosclerosis, tachycardia, coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Due to the high content of iron, chicory has been successfully used in treatment of anemia.

    Chicory diabetes. Chicory contains inulin, which helps reduce the level of sugar in the blood, normalization of metabolism and digestion. That, in turn, allows to achieve high results in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and the fight against obesity.

    The effect of chicory on the nervous system. Chicory has a calming effect thanks to its composition vitamins b and thus finds wide application in increased excitability, insomnia, neurasthenia, hysteria, depression, improves mood, enhances sleep, gives energy and vigor.

    Chicory for skin diseases. Chicory is useful in various cuts as a wound-healing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Used in the treatment of Allergy, skin rashes, acne, boils, purulent wounds, eczema. Effective in the treatment of seborrhea, allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, chickenpox, psoriasis.

    In addition, chicory has antipyretic, anthelmintic properties and helps to cleanse your body of toxins, toxins, radioactive substances and heavy metals. Chicory does not lose its properties during heat treatment, therefore, coffee based on chicory is one of the most useful drinks!

  • Fructose

    It is known that in Russia the sugar industry was developed in the early XVIII century, when Petersburg was started the first sugar-refinery. Not so long ago, isn't it? How did without sweet before?

    Our ancestors indulged his life by other means: the juice of the birch, Linden, maple. All the sweets prepared with honey, a natural sweetener. It is difficult to overestimate the benefits of this product! This is the first remedy for colds, and loyal assistant in the fight for beauty and youth.

    But did You know that almost 40% of honey is composed of fructose? Fructose is also contained in fruits and berries, which is why they have a sweet taste.

    Known also sugar is 50% fructose. But that doesn't make it useful. On the other 50% sugar consists of glucose. Glucose is less sweet than fructose which is the sweetest natural sugar. In addition to glucose and fructose, found in nature in a variety of other sugars are: mannose, inulin, and pentose, sorbose, arabinose, xylose, methylpentane, lactose (milk sugar), cellobiose, maltose...

    Fructose was known as the most secure source of carbohydrates for diabetics as it can without insulin to penetrate from the blood into tissue cells.

    The number of diabetes patients is increasing steadily from year to year, and many are not even aware that they are not all right with health. Yet, as the saying goes, don't bite roasted cock. Doctors are sounding the alarm for a long time. If we take into account hereditary tendency to the disease diabetes, the picture is drawn is disappointing. According to International diabetes organizations in 20 years, every adult person on Earth is ill with diabetes of 1-2 degrees could lead to speedy ageing of the population than the problem of obesity.

    Experts recommend to use no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. It is not just the sugar that you put in tea or coffee. In fact, sugar can be found in the most unexpected products – one has only to carefully read labels. Manufacturers often disguise sugar by other names. The label may say "sugar cane juice" "corn sweetener," "dextrin/dextrose", "turbinado", "brown sugar", "barley malt", "brown sugar raw" – are not changing. Modern man consumes 30 teaspoons of sugar a day!

    How to limit sugar intake? First, carefully read the label and avoid foods that are high in hidden sugar. Second, to limit the consumption of fast food – there are closets hidden sugar. And, of course, sweet drinks – a direct path to diabetes. At home, you can replace the sugar already known for their beneficial properties fructose.

    It is well-known fructose in cooking. It enhances the flavors of dishes and the ability to quickly absorb moisture content increases the shelf life made with her food.

    Scientific studies have shown that fructose compared to sugar significantly reduces the risk of development of inflammatory diseases in the oral cavity, in particular dental caries. And dentists noticed that the yellow plaque formed on teeth, is much weaker and is better removed when eating fructose. The fact that refined sugar contains a dense substance dextran, and fructose is easily crumbling from plant compounds.

    In addition, fructose does not cause diathesis and therefore are useful even for kids.