Gooseberry benefits for humans: for diabetes, for pregnant women, for gout
Gooseberries (agrus, agrest) - a high-yielding culture, which is known for its rich composition of vitamins, acids and sugars. Fruits, both fresh and cooked (as part of juices or tinctures) are characterized by their beneficial effect on the body. The leaf of the plant is very often used in folk medicine.
Composition of gooseberries
The fruits of agrus are unique in their rich content of nutrients, which makes it possible to distinguish it from other plants.
The chemical composition of berries
Agrus has various varieties, each of which differs in chemical composition. It is a mistake to assume that, due to its composition, red fruits are sweeter than green ones. For example, Belarusian sugar gooseberries have less acidity and more sugars than the fruits of dark green Melnikov, despite the fact that they are copies of green varieties.
While the acidity of the Krasnoslavyansky gooseberry variety is significantly higher than the Belarusian green. The chemical composition depends on the choice of the desired variety of agrus, its ripeness, conditions and place of cultivation, climate, harvest and shelf life. The calorie content of gooseberries ranges from 41 kcal to 45 kcal.
Such an average BZHU indicator is proposed that may also have inconsistencies in different types of gooseberries:
- proteins - 0.7 g;
- fats - 0.2 g;
- carbohydrates - 9.1 g.
The product is rich in vitamins (based on 100 g of berries):
- Vitamin A - 33 mcg;
- Vitamin B1 - 0.25 mg;
- Vitamin B2 - 0.02 mg;
- Vitamin B3 - 0.03 mg;
- Vitamin B9 - 5 mcg;
- vitamin PP - 0.3 mg;
- vitamin C - 30–39 mg;
- Vitamin E - 0.5 mg.
The fruit of this plant contains up to 88% water, fiber, starch, pectin, mono- and disaccharides, organic acids and various macrocells.
Red, yellow and green fruits of agrest are considered a dietary product. Thus, this product has a low glycemic index, which ranges from 25 to 40. This indicator does not depend on the color of the fruit, but on various factors such as the variety, degree of ripening and time of collection, conditions and how long they are stored.
The benefits and harms of gooseberries and berries for humans
Agrest, or northern grapes, is known for its beneficial properties, which allows it to be actively used in traditional medicine and cosmetology. It should also be understood that its medicinal properties are not suitable for everyone, and agrus itself has a number of contraindications.
Gooseberries bring great benefits to people thanks to their healing properties.
|Restorative property||Berry juice contains ascorbic acid. Vitamin C enhances the functions of the immune system, as it is an excellent antioxidant. A decoction of the leaves of the product has an energy-restoring effect, strengthens the immune system and improves blood circulation.||Fruits, juice, decoction of gooseberry leaves have contraindications for people with individual intolerance to the product, an allergic reaction or gastrointestinal tract disease.|
|Anti-inflammatory properties||Juice copes with respiratory diseases. Rubbed a broth of gooseberry berries into the skin from rashes and burns on the skin.|
|Antifungal property||Juice from agrus kills yeast and fungal infections. Used for external and internal use.|
|Cholagogue and diuretic properties||Fresh fruits or juice from them are suitable for people with kidney, bladder and liver disease. A decoction of leaves serves as a tool in the complex treatment of urolithiasis.|
|Haemostatic property||Ripe fruits or juice, compotes and preserves from them strengthen blood vessels.|
Did you know? Agrus berries are rich in pectins, which remove toxins, toxins and salts from the body.
Contraindications and possible side effects
Agrest, like any plant product, has its negative effect and can cause harm to the body.
- Gooseberry contraindications include:
- individual intolerance to the product;
- acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
- the presence of colitis and enteritis;
- diabetes mellitus (varieties with a high sugar content).
Among the possible side effects, you can list the following:
- allergic reaction;
- increased acidity of gastric juice;
Important! In order to protect your body from possible adverse reactions, you should use the product in a small amount. Gooseberry infusions and tinctures should be used after consultation with a doctor.
Benefits and contraindications for the body of women
Due to its rich composition, agrest has a beneficial effect on the female body.
- Among the main advantages are the following:
- the high content of vitamin E in agrus is able to withstand oncological diseases;
- Vitamin E also prevents skin aging, which is why it is actively used in cosmetology. Gooseberry masks moisturize, whiten the skin, fight pigment spots;
- gooseberry berries or juice from them are well suited to women during critical days. The product eliminates nervousness and anxiety, restores the menstrual cycle. A ripe fetus will help a woman with uterine bleeding.
Agrus-based cosmetics can cause contact dermatitis. During lactation, this product should be administered with caution, since it can act as an allergen or, due to high acidity, adversely affect the digestive tract of mother and baby.
Agrest has useful properties for the full development of the child. Vitamin C and iron helps children treat anemia. Pectin helps prevent constipation. Phosphorus strengthens tooth enamel and bones. The fruits of the plant help with stomatitis, as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Gooseberries also improve baby's skin condition thanks to zinc. Serotonin in the composition of the fruit helps to improve the mood of the child and fights depression well.
In addition to all the positive properties of gooseberries, it should be remembered that it is not worth giving berries to children up to a year. Teenagers often pluck immature gooseberries, which can cause poisoning. It should be remembered that overeating fruits can also weaken. Oxalic acid, which is found in unripe fruits, can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.
The male half of the population is more prone to strokes and heart attacks. Thanks to vitamin PP, Agrus is recommended for the prevention of internal hemorrhages, vascular strengthening and lowering cholesterol. Men who play sports need a lot of energy.Agrus juice diluted with water (1: 2) tones, strengthens the body, restores energy.
The use of agregat is recommended by different categories of people who suffer from diabetes, from varicose veins with gout, as well as pregnant women.
In pregnancy, a woman pays special attention to her health, and pregnant women are forbidden to use many pharmacological preparations. Gooseberry fruits can serve future mothers. Berries are excellent in treating colds, in the fight against anemia, kidney disease.
Did you know? In the 16th century, French women added unripe berries to sauces and soups. Ripe fruits were very popular among pregnant women.
This product is considered dietary, and also fights well with constipation during pregnancy.However, you should not abuse it, especially mothers suffering from diarrhea. Ripe berries should also be chosen to prevent poisoning of the body.
People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes believe gooseberries are safe because of their sour taste and dietary properties. It can be argued that the usefulness of fruits for people with this disease is very high.All this is due to the fact that diabetics show a violation of the absorption of nutrients. A large amount of chromium that is contained in gooseberries will eliminate this problem. Thus, the fruits of gooseberries are able to stabilize the human condition.
Juice from agrest is an excellent remedy for a person with gout. Berries contribute to the rapid removal of salts from the joints.
Important! With gout, only ripened fruits should be consumed. Unripe berries will cause even greater harm to the body.
With problems with the digestive tract
It is believed that agrus has a mild laxative property, so it is recommended for people suffering from constipation. The fruits of the plant restore the digestive tract well, strengthen the sluggish intestines. Decoctions must be prepared strictly according to the recipe, since gooseberries both weaken and strengthen. It is forbidden to use the product for people suffering from acute gastrointestinal diseases.A decoction based on berries will help eliminate constipation, normalize bowel function.
With varicose veins
Agrus berries in complex treatment will help eliminate the problem of varicose veins. Thanks to ascorbic acid in the composition of the fruits, it is useful to use the product daily to strengthen blood vessels, improve their condition and get rid of varicose veins.
Popular gooseberry healing recipes
Traditional medicine is rich in various recipes based on fruits and leaves of agrus.
A decoction of the fruits of cystitis, constipation and impaired metabolism:
- Add two tablespoons of fruit to 1 cup of hot water.
- Boil for 10 minutes over low heat.
- Strain the cooled broth through cheesecloth.
- Drink ½ cup 4 times a day. If desired, sugar can be added.
Decoction for the treatment of inflamed skin:
- Three tablespoons of berries diluted with a glass of water.
- Boil for 10 minutes over low heat. Filter the broth well.
- Apply to the affected area every 2 hours. Keep the cloth soaked in broth for 5-8 hours.
Berries of agrus with anemia:
- Eat ¼ cup berries 3 times a day before eating.
- The duration of treatment is 3-4 weeks.
The use of gooseberry leaves in folk medicine
Infusion for arthritis, tuberculosis and osteochondrosis:
- Pour 1 tablespoon of finely chopped gooseberry leaves with 1 cup of hot water.
- Place in a thermos for 30 minutes and filter.
- Consume 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.
Decoction of diarrhea and dehydration:
- Two tablespoons of chopped leaves pour 3 cups of water and put on fire.
- Bring the broth to a boil and cook over low heat for 5–8 minutes.
- Strain thoroughly. Consume 3 times daily before meals.