Honeysuckle is a shrub that has juicy, fragrant, tasty, and healthy berries. There are many types of honeysuckle, but only edible honeysuckle has beneficial properties.
Vitamin composition of honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is a very useful plant. For several centuries, folk medicine has been using it to treat many ailments.
The honeysuckle fruit contains vitamins B, C, P, and A, fructose, glucose, organic acids, and many other useful substances.
Honeysuckle contains as much vitamin C as lemon or strawberries, and honeysuckle is unrivaled in terms of minerals. The berries of this plant contain potassium and aluminum, a large amount of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium, as well as iodine, copper, and manganese.
An interesting fact is that the vitamin composition of honeysuckle is influenced by the place and territory where the bush grows. If honeysuckle grows in an area with a dry and hot climate, its acidity will decrease, and the sugar and tannin content will increase, making the berries more bitter. A cool and humid climate will increase the acidity and amount of vitamin C.
Honeysuckle properties and effects on the body
Fresh honeysuckle berries are good for quenching thirst, toning, and refreshing.
Honeysuckle is useful for diseases of the cardiovascular system, anemia, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Fresh berries can be used as a means to strengthen the immune system. Honeysuckle has a good effect on liver and gallbladder function.
Honeysuckle lowers blood pressure and relieves headaches caused by it. It is useful to eat honeysuckle berries in case of frequent nosebleeds.
Honeysuckle does not lose its beneficial properties even after heat treatment due to its high content of pectins, tannins, and organic acids. Daily consumption of honeysuckle increases the secretion of gastric juices, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, and removes heavy metal salts from the body.
The high content of vitamins allows honeysuckle to be used to restore the body after illness.
One cup of fresh or frozen berries contains the daily value of iron and B vitamins. Honeysuckle is actively used to treat gastritis, stomach, and duodenal ulcers. The berries have anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. A decoction of blue honeysuckle fruit is recommended to improve memory.
Honeysuckle also contains anthocyanins, which, together with pectins, act as antioxidants: they prolong the life of cells and stop them from turning into malignant ones. Honeysuckle berries and juice have a good effect on vision (reduce the load on the blood vessels of the eyes and prevent the development of glaucoma).
Contraindications and harm of honeysuckle
Honeysuckle has no contraindications, but excessive consumption can cause side effects: skin rashes, muscle spasms, and indigestion in children.