Dogwood - a plant useful in all respects. Vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the body, contained not only in its berries, but also in the leaves, bark and roots of the tree. Dogwood rich, especially vitamin C, so it's great to protect you from colds. In addition, it has a beta-carotene and P-active agents, which strengthen the vascular wall, inflammation and protect against radiation exposure, accelerate wound healing.
In combination with vitamins work listed micro and macro - iron salts, sulfur, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Tannins contained in the leaves of a tree, help for digestive disorders, will have a choleretic and diuretic effect. Usually leaves take in the form of infusions and decoctions, which will be also useful for metabolic disorders, gout, anemia. In the same form used dogwood roots, if necessary reduce the symptoms of rheumatism.
The list of ailments for which dogwood berries bring relief can be supplemented diseases of the urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract, as well as fever, sore throat, diphtheria, malaria and diabetes.
Compete dogwood on the degree of "utility" may cranberries. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamins near B (B1, B2, B5, B6), as well as E and PP. Berry contains pectin and bioflavonoids, betaine, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. As a result of the fruits of this creeping plants possess antioxidant properties, that is, protect the body from the harmful effects of the environment, help immunity to resist seasonal respiratory disease, reduce the risk of cystitis. Like the dogwood, substances that are in cranberries, strengthen blood vessels and capillaries, and thus prevent the occurrence of diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Adding as dogwood berries and cranberries to your diet, you will, at a minimum, raise immunity, maximum - will render the body to help in the fight against serious diseases. However, no matter what program of action you choose, consult in advance with your doctor to get closer to the desired result and reduce the risk of side effects.