Almost frosty in the morning and warm in the afternoon, it gets dark quickly, everyone around you is catching a cold. All this will test your immunity. You can also strengthen it thanks to the autumn fruits. But they can do a lot!
Autumn is a sign of preparation for winter, which you can observe in nature. And it would be nice to think the same. Currently, you can use what nature offers – autumn fruits. It is no coincidence that they are rich in vitamin C and other substances that help strengthen the immune system. They should help you deal with the cold weather ahead and the shorter days of sunlight. So which one should you enjoy and how do you use it?
If we mention vitamin C, we have to say “sea buckthorn” at the same time. It is enough to eat a fruit and you will have provided the body with the necessary daily dose of juice. In addition, it also contains vitamins A, B, D or E and many other health-promoting substances. Thanks to them, it is also used in cosmetology. “Vitamin C is used to combat wrinkles, tired and unhealthy skin,” says Zuzana Gavendová, Amway Cosmetology Consultant.
Sea buckthorn is not a particularly tasty fruit, but it can be added to tea in the form of syrup, “disguised” as jam, or the fruits can be preserved whole. Sea buckthorn oil is also used.
Few people know that sea buckthorn can be used not only for its fruits, but also for its leaves. “The dried leaves can be used to make tea against colds and flu. They are also used to improve health after serious illnesses and infections,” advises herbalist Jarmila Podhurna.
You can easily make tea: pour about a teaspoon of dried sea buckthorn leaves into a quart cup, pour boiling water over it, cover with a plate, for example, and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Then strain and filter. You can drink two to three cups a day.
Chestnuts are a symbol of autumn, but they are used mainly for decoration, or you can make a horse ointment for joint pain from them. Edible chestnuts, which you may only know roasted at Christmas markets, are safe to eat. They contain, for example, the natural antioxidant tannin and a number of vitamins and minerals that have a beneficial effect on digestion. And since it contains relatively little fat and, on the contrary, a sufficient amount of protein, it is a suitable remedy even if you are trying to lose weight.
It can also be purchased in paste form, which can be used to make cream for cakes, but can also be served with the set.
Roses are also known for their amount of vitamin C: five cover the daily dose, but they also contain other antioxidants. Helping to strengthen immunity, proper digestion, rosehip tea is also useful against constipation or to lose weight, since its ability to break down blood glucose and prevent fat storage in tissues is used.
Rosehip can be dried to make tea and canned, but it can also be used to make jams or syrups.
Most people do not think of eating blueberries, that is, berries, because they are known to be poisonous. Fresh blueberries can irritate the digestive system or cause headaches, but just dry or boil them and they are completely harmless to your health. They are processed into syrup, jam or compote. Raspberries contain a large amount of vitamin C and antioxidants. Therefore, it acts preventively against inflammation.
“An alcoholic tincture and healing agent for gemstones from the buds of a bird crane are widely used in gynecology. They help to solve various disorders, such as a disturbed hormonal cycle, and improve health in menopause and disorders of the fertility,” adds Yarmila Budurna.
Aronia, also known as black rowan, is very decorative at this time of year for its deep red leaves. Its fruits deserve attention for their content in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, potassium or copper. It can be used as an alternative. “The fruits are not only very useful, for example, the healing agent of the gemstones of the Stranglehold buds helps to improve the activity of the thyroid gland, it also supports the activity of the heart and helps to keep the blood vessels in a normal activity. optimal.”, adds Jarmila Podhorná. Try it, for example, in roasted tea.