Hawthorn: useful properties for health and weight loss
Hawthorn began to be used a long time ago in ancient China and Asia. Then these berries were wild, and in the 16th century cultivated plant species were bred. Today, this berry is also popular, because it has many healing properties. And hawthorn helps in weight loss.
Weight loss with healthy fruits
What is rich in hawthorn? Its composition includes vitamins of group B, as well as E, C, K, A, flavonoids, organic acids, saponins, starch, pectin, essential oils, choline, glycosides, fatty oils, polyphenols, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and manganese, acetylcholine, quercitin. This composition of the berry suggests that it is very useful for health.
And, indeed, these berries have a diuretic, pacemaker, antitumor, rejuvenating effect. Hawthorn is used to treat various diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Fruits improve blood circulation, soothe, tone the heart muscle. In addition, berries are useful for thyroid problems, headaches, allergies, diabetes.
Hawthorn fruits are used for:
- liver function improvements;
- getting rid of tachycardia;
- lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood;
- getting rid of gastritis and flatulence;
- getting rid of hypertension;
- strengthening immunity;
- getting rid of anxiety;
- getting rid of insomnia;
- memory improvements.
These useful berries improve blood counts, relieve dizziness and stress, improve the work of the intestines, promotes better discharge of bile. Regular use of hawthorn helps to get rid of swelling and joint problems. Delicious berries help with colds and viral diseases. During the flu epidemic (in autumn and winter), you can use them for prevention.
However, despite all the benefits, not everyone can use this berry. It is not recommended to eat berries for pregnant and lactating women. And everyone else should not abuse hawthorn. He can eat less than a glass of berries a day, otherwise his blood pressure may drop significantly and his heart rate will be disturbed. And if the pressure is already low, it is very harmful. Therefore, everything is good in moderation.
As for losing weight, hawthorn activates the metabolism, which, of course, helps to become slimmer. In addition, berries remove excess fluid, have a choleretic effect, reduce appetite. This also speaks in favor of hawthorn. Plus, 100 g of berries contains only 52 kcal. Of course, weight loss will not be too fast, but painless.
Hawthorn diets: do they exist?
There is no special diet on fruits. There are only recommendations for the proper use of hawthorn for weight loss.
How exactly should berries be consumed? You can brew tea. There are a lot of recipes for hawthorn tea. The simplest is to pour twenty hawthorn berries with a liter of boiling water and insist throughout the night. And in the morning you can drink a third of a glass an hour before meals. If desired, you can add rosehip berries, then you can diversify the taste of the drink.
It is also useful to eat berries with sugar. To prepare them, it is necessary to lower a colander with fruits into boiling water for a couple of minutes, and then grind through a sieve. Add sugar to taste. You can add berries with sugar to tea by spoonful or just drink before meals with water. Three teaspoons are enough per day. And weight loss will be even faster if you combine blanched hawthorn berries with sea buckthorn and mix them with sugar. It is useful to eat this dessert before lunch — for breakfast or a snack.
As for nutrition, of course, it should be healthy. You can include all healthy foods in the diet menu. It is important to eat moderately.
Here is an approximate menu of diet or proper nutrition:
- breakfast — porridge or cheesecakes, tea and a whole-grain bun;
- snack — a mixture of sea buckthorn and hawthorn;
- lunch — soup, meat, salad, fruit, compote;
- afternoon snack — nuts or yogurt;
- in the evening — fish with vegetables or omelet with salad, kefir.
Of course, the menu may be different. A diet with hawthorn should not last more than two weeks, it is necessary to take 2-3 week breaks so as not to harm health.
Recipes for health and beauty from hawthorn berries
And what delicious and healthy can you still cook from berries? Recipes are mostly sweet — pies, desserts, jams, drinks, but there are also sauces for meat, vegetables. Here are some simple recipes for dishes.
Two cups of berries should be mixed with 100 g of sugar and the same amount of rice flour. Leave the berries in a glass jar for a day in the refrigerator. And you can eat with tea.
A tablespoon of berries should be mixed with two tablespoons of kefir, add a ripe banana and honey to taste. Whisk everything in a blender.
Cook sugar syrup from a kilogram of sugar and 300 ml of water. Pour a kilogram of berries with syrup and leave for a few hours. Then add a little citric acid and vanillin and cook until tender.
Half a kilo of berries pour 300 ml of water, 300 ml of wine vinegar and cook for half an hour. Then wipe through a sieve. Add 170 g of sugar to the mixture and dissolve, then boil for five minutes, add salt. The sauce goes well with meat and fish, vegetable dishes.
Filling for pies
Puree the fruit and mix the resulting mass (500 g) with 300 g of apples, cut into slices. Add 75 g of sugar and cook for seven minutes. Remove from the heat and pour in 100 g of walnuts (pre-chop). With this filling, you can make yeast, puff pastry, and shortbread pies. Of course, you should use less rich and fatty dough.
A hearty breakfast drink
Oatmeal flakes (slightly less than a glass) pour 500 ml of water and leave for twelve hours. Then bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat, strain. Hawthorn (you need to take a kilogram of berries) bake in the oven until soft. After that, the mass should be wiped through a sieve. Then mix the two masses and add about 70 g of sugar. You can drink a hearty drink.
The recipes are very original, try it, and you will surely like something. Or just use healthy hawthorn teas that will save you from colds, strengthen your health and help you become slimmer.