Everyone knows that the best medicine against cold is grandmother’s raspberry jam. And not only jam made of raspberries. A wide variety of other useful and tasty berries grow at Lake Baikal.
Siberian berries are a real treasury of vitamins. Today we will share with you the secrets where to pick them, as well as in which cases they can be used as food and what is the proper way to do it.
Thanks to the high content of vitamin C and ascorbic acid, the berry has excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-febrile and immune-enhancing properties. Cranberry drink is an invaluable help in the fight against fever, everyone knows this since childhood.
Cranberries are also rich in tannin, which makes these berries an effective tool in the prevention and treatment of cystitis, problems of genitourinary system and other infectious diseases. A large amount of antioxidants and B vitamins also contained in cranberries help to fight the development of atherosclerosis, tumors, and vascular pathologies.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, stomach or duodenal ulcer, hypersensitivity of tooth enamel, gastritis with high acidity, liver diseases.
Places to pick the berries: forests in the settlement of Slyudyanka, near the Pan’kovka station, in the foothills of Khamar-Daban.
If you want to maintain visual acuity, then you should definitely provide yourself with blackberries. These berries also help to lower blood sugar, improve metabolism, fight vitamin deficiency.
Blackberries are far ahead of other berries in the number of antioxidants they contain. Therefore, this delicacy is an indispensable prevention against cancer.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, dysfunction of the pancreas and duodenum, constipation.
Places to pick the berries: on the territory of the Vydrino station, in the foothills of Khamar-Daban.
Both berries and leaves of the plant have a curative effect. The plant is rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Cowberries are known for their anti-febrile, tissue-repairing, tonic and antiseptic properties.
Cook cowberry juices, drinks and decoctions or just eat the berries as they are. Then you will not be afraid of colds, high blood pressure, diseases of liver and kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and blood vessels.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, low blood pressure, stomach ulcer.
Places to pick the berries: in Tunkinskaya valley, in the village of Tibeltei, the village of Arshan and on the territory of Olkhinskoe plateau, in the vicinity of the Vydrino station.
Black currant contains a large amount of vitamins, pectins, iron, calcium, etc. Berries or concoctions on the basis of the plant’s leaves help to fight the diseases of the stomach, intestines and vitamin deficiency. Black currant is recommended for fight against problems with lymph nodes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and anemia.
Red currant has diuretic and choleretic, laxative and hematopoietic properties. Due the fact that these berries contain coumarinic substances, red currant reduces blood clotting and prevents heart diseases.
Add only a few currant leaves to your favorite tea and you will get a tasty and fragrant drink that will elate you and enhance your immune system.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, increased gastric acidity, thrombophlebitis, hepatitis, hyperpeptic gastritis.
Places to pick the berries: in the foothills of Khamar-Daban.
This unusual bright berry is not so easy to be picked: the branches of the bush are all covered with thorns. But people who are not afraid to prick their fingers will be rewarded.
Sea buckthorn is rich in vitamins of B group, vitamins C, K1, E, P, folic acid, carotinoids and other valuable microelements. To retain the berries’ useful properties in a better way, do not cook sea buckthorn, but mix it with sugar, use it to make drinks, juices and jelly. Such treats are effective in fight against the diseases of respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, blunt immunity.
By the way, sea buckthorn contains serotonin, which means that the berry is great at coping with bad mood.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, inflammation of the liver, gall bladder and duodenum, kidney stone disease.
Places to pick the berries: on the territory near the Kitoy River.
Fresh berries strengthen the cardiovascular system, normalize functions of the pancreas, stimulate brain functions. Regular use of blueberries contributes to a gradual improvement of vision acuity.
Blueberry has a unique property: it protects human body from radioactive emission. Therefore, if you work under harmful conditions, be sure to include this berry into your diet.
Contraindications: individual intolerance, dyskinesia of bile ducts. With caution: during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
Places to pick the berries: at the Baikal Highway.
If you want to keep all the useful properties of the berries, then prepare them for storage immediately after collection or on the next day. Thoroughly sort the berries.
Ripe berries can be frozen, dried, you can cook jam or marmalade of them.
Make delicious curative drinks from these products, add them to tea, bakery and your favorite desserts. Enjoy good health!
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