Jerusalem artichoke in medicine
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Jerusalem artichoke is used in the treatment of:
- gouty arthritis
- rheumatoid arthritis
The composition of Jerusalem artichoke contains potassium, which normalizes water-salt metabolism and prevents the deposition of uric acid salts directly in the joints.
Such substances as silicon, zinc, copper, carotene, sulfur, vitamin C and amino acids provide the natural production by the human body of collagen, which is the structural basis of many organs (we are talking about the synovial membrane of the joint, tendons, cartilage and bone tissue).
In turn, phosphorus, calcium and silicon, contained in large quantities in Jerusalem artichoke, are necessary for the normal formation of bone tissue. At the same time, it is the lysine amino acid, which is also present in this root crop, which ensures the correct assimilation of these substances by the human body.
Diseases of the urinary system
Diseases and traumatic skin lesions
Diseases of the digestive system
Jerusalem artichoke is rich in inulin and pectin, contributing to the normalization of intestinal microflora, which has found application in the treatment and prevention of dysbacteriosis. In addition, organic acids and insoluble fiber contained in the plant significantly stimulate intestinal motility, which not only helps to eliminate constipation, but also effectively cleanses the body of toxins and toxic substances.
Topinambur preparations have the following spectrum of action:
- eliminate inflammation localized in the digestive tract
- accelerate wound healing
- normalize the blood supply to the pancreas
- promote bile excretion
- protect the liver from the negative effects of toxins
- increase the resistance of the digestive organs to bacterial and viral infections
- they prevent the ingestion of various parasites into the digestive tract.
Jerusalem artichoke is indicated for the treatment of such diseases:
- biliary dyskinesia
- stomach ulcer
- cirrhosis of the liver
- chronic cholecystitis
- duodenal ulcer
- hepatitis of various etiologies
- fatty liver
Jerusalem artichoke is prescribed for:
- low stamina
- chronic fatigue
The fact is that this plant is rich in arginine and phosphorus, which contribute to increasing endurance, enhancing physical and mental activity. In addition, the composition of Jerusalem artichoke includes magnesium, tryptophan amino acid and B group vitamins, which have a sedative and antidepressant effect.
Immunomodulatory and adaptogenic properties of Jerusalem artichoke are known, so that the use of this unique plant is recommended for relieving stress, restoring physical strength, and strengthening immunity.
Jerusalem artichoke removes from the body toxins, nitrates, phosphates, radionuclides, salts of heavy metals, therefore it is recommended for people who live in ecologically unfavorable areas or are involved in hazardous industries. Also important is the fact that it is the Jerusalem artichoke that contributes to a better assimilation by the human body of the strongest natural antioxidant called selenium.
Important! Jerusalem artichoke has absolutely no toxic and allergenic effects. Moreover, the quality of this plant does not depend on the state of the environment, so the Jerusalem artichoke tubers collected in the city can be safely consumed.
Jerusalem artichoke with diabetes
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (insulin-dependent diabetes)
Inulin, which is a part of Jerusalem artichoke and consisting of fructose, enters the cells of the body without any involvement of the hormone insulin, thereby performing two important functions:
one. Replacing glucose in all metabolic processes.
2 Satisfying in full the energy cell hunger.
Fragments of inulin molecules to a certain extent greatly facilitate the entry of glucose into the cells. Thus, inulin and fiber contained in the Jerusalem artichoke tubers, unsplit by gastric juice, absorb large amounts of glucose, which is formed in the process of eating food, which prevents its excessive amount from being absorbed into the blood. This significantly reduces the so-called energy cell hunger.
In addition, short fragments of inulin molecules by embedding into the cell wall significantly facilitate the passage of glucose into the cell, which leads to a noticeable and, most importantly, sustained decrease in blood sugar. At the same time, a decrease in sugar is not accompanied by abrupt daily differences, which is extremely important in treating this type of diabetes.
Such a stable decrease in the level of glucose enhances the process of insulin synthesis by special cells of the pancreas itself (this is promoted by the B vitamins, carotenoids and amino acids). The fact that pectins, inulin, and also insoluble cellulose carry out the binding and excretion of harmful by-products, which are formed as a result of impaired metabolism (such as by-product, for example, acetone), is also important.
Regular intake of topinambur prevents the development of:
- diabetic nephropathy that can trigger renal failure
- diabetic retinopathy that leads to blindness
- lesions of vessels of the extremities, resulting in most cases of gangrene.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent diabetes)
In diabetes of the second type, Jerusalem artichoke has the following effects on the body:
- reduces insulin resistance
- increases the efficiency of glucose uptake by cells
- reduces the absorption of glucose from the intestines directly into the blood
- stimulates natural pancreatic insulin production
- increases the formation of glycogen in the liver
- improves fat metabolism by promoting weight loss
- lowers cholesterol
- improves the liver and other digestive organs
- normalizes the synthesis of hormones like adrenal cortex and hormones of the sex glands, as well as the thyroid gland
- improves the condition of the liver and the organs of the digestive tract.
Jerusalem artichoke provides recovery of many body functions that are disturbed due to diabetes. The use of topinambur preparations improves the functional state of many endocrine glands, which contributes to an improvement in overall well-being, increased efficiency and vitality in patients with diabetes.
In case of diabetes mellitus of both the first and second types, it is necessary to use fresh or boiled Jerusalem artichoke tubers (the recommended dose is one piece three times a day, 15 minutes before food consumption). You can give preference to a decoction of this root, which is taken in 100 ml three times a day.
4 tubers of Jerusalem artichoke must be boiled in half a liter of water (the product is boiled over low heat for about 20 minutes).
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Jerusalem artichoke with pancreatitis
Jerusalem artichoke eliminates all of the listed risk factors for pancreatitis (or inflammation of the pancreas), namely:
one. Normalizes metabolic processes in general, and fat metabolism in particular.
2 Eliminates inflammation.
3 Warns the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
four. Reduces the concentration of sugar and cholesterol in the blood.
five. Normalizes pressure.
To achieve a positive result in the treatment of pancreatitis, you need to consume at least 150 g of Jerusalem artichoke tubers daily, which should be thoroughly washed before eating (but you should not take off the skin of tubers, as it contains a large amount of useful substances). Jerusalem artichoke is consumed for pancreatitis both fresh and boiled, dried or baked, while the fried or fermented product will have to be abandoned in order to avoid irritation of the pancreatic mucosa.
When pancreatitis is accompanied by increased acidity of the stomach, it is recommended to drink Jerusalem artichoke juice, the taste of which can be improved by adding a small amount of carrot juice.
An effective method of treating pancreatitis is the use of decoction made from Jerusalem artichoke tubers.
7 tubers of a root crop are filled in with two liters of water and cook for ten minutes. Cooked decoction is taken during the day. Drink decoction twice – three times a week.
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Jerusalem artichoke for diseases of the joints
The use of Jerusalem artichoke is recommended for such diseases of the musculoskeletal system:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- salt deposits
Daily use of Jerusalem artichoke affects health in general and joints in particular as follows:
one. Increased range of motion.
2 Reduced stiffness in the joints.
3 Reduced severity of pain.
Jerusalem artichoke contains silicon, which is necessary to ensure normal growth and full development of bone tissue. In addition, silicon has pronounced choleretic and immunomodulating properties, actively participating in the metabolism, preventing the formation of osteophytes in the joints and sand deposition in the kidneys and in the gall bladder.
In diseases of the joints, Jerusalem artichoke is used both inside and as an external agent in the form of baths and compresses.
To prepare a bath with analgesic effect, you need 1.5 kg of Jerusalem artichoke (herbs and flowers), pour 8 liters of cold water, then bring the mixture to a boil and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Strained broth is poured into a bath, diluted with warm water (it is important that the body is completely covered with a decoction when taking a water procedure). Water temperature should not exceed the figures of 38 – 40 degrees. Such therapeutic baths are taken no more than 15 minutes. The course of treatment is designed for 15 – 20 procedures that are carried out daily. Repeated treatment can be carried out, if necessary, in a month.
Important! Before taking a bath with Jerusalem artichoke, blood pressure should be measured without fail. In the event that it is raised, the procedure must be canceled.
Jerusalem artichoke during pregnancy
Pregnant women often complain of intestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn. And this is due to two factors:
one. The decrease in the motor activity of the intestine, triggered by hormonal changes in the body of the future mother.
2 Changes in intestinal microflora, which often leads to dysbacteriosis.
The fight against such phenomena is in the proper organization of the daily routine, in a balanced diet. So, in the second half of pregnancy (namely, during this period, the intestinal work worsens) it is recommended to eat often, but the portions should be small. In addition, it is necessary to eat more foods containing plant fibers (eg, fiber).
One of such products is Jerusalem artichoke, which acts on the body as follows:
- normalizes metabolism
- improves intestinal motility
- restores the intestinal microflora
- eliminates constipation and heartburn
- slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol from the intestines directly into the blood
- fights excessive hunger (fiber, swelling in the stomach, gives a feeling of satiety).
Jerusalem artichoke contains all the amino acids and substances necessary for the normal development of the fetus (we are talking about calcium, protein, iron).
Broths, teas and extracts of Jerusalem artichoke can be used by pregnant women at any time, but you should first consult with the gynecologist, who will help determine if there is an allergy to this product. In addition, the doctor will establish the optimal dosage of topinambur preparations.
Jerusalem artichoke for children
Why is Jerusalem artichoke healthy for children?
Jerusalem artichoke is recommended to take not only adults but also children, because this root vegetable contains vitamins C, B9, AT6, ATone, AT2, And, the most useful micro-and macronutrients necessary for the full development of the child’s body.
This plant contains a large amount of iron, necessary for the synthesis of hemoglobin (hemoglobin performs the transportation of oxygen). In addition, iron protects the growing body from various infections.
Silicon, calcium and phosphorus are necessary for the health of teeth, nails, hair, for the growth and development of bone tissue.
Jerusalem artichoke is an excellent remedy for constipation, stomach and intestinal colic, flatulence, dysbiosis (as you know, these unpleasant conditions bring a lot of discomfort to children).
This root crop, surprising in its healing properties, removes toxins, heavy metals, and also radionuclides from the body, therefore it is recommended to inject it into the diet of children living in large cities with poor environmental conditions.
With the help of fresh juice of Jerusalem artichoke tubers, diluted in half with water and taken daily three times a day on an empty stomach, you can alleviate the manifestations of tuberculosis and asthma, cure bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.
Reception of Jerusalem artichoke is a pledge of strong immunity and excellent health of the child. Moreover, the Jerusalem artichoke is a low-calorie product, and therefore can be used by children who are overweight.
Jerusalem artichoke for children up to a year
Jerusalem artichoke is approved for use by children up to a year, while the pharmacy variant is best used – Jerusalem artichoke syrup, designed specifically for children. The composition of this syrup includes only natural products:
one. Tubers of Jerusalem artichoke.
3 Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Amber-colored syrup does not have a pronounced odor, while in taste it resembles floral honey.
The benefits of syrup from Jerusalem artichoke:
- metabolic improvement
- normalization of intestinal microflora
- cholesterol lowering
- elimination of toxins and slags
- strengthening joints, bones, hearts
- immunity strengthening.
Candied Jerusalem artichoke
Children can be offered candied artichoke tubers, which are similar to raisins, while the taste resembles dried pineapple.
It should be noted that candied fruits are made only from fresh Jerusalem artichoke: for example, diced tubers of a root crop heat up to 55 degrees for three to five minutes, after which they are quickly cooled to 35 degrees. This procedure is repeated three times. Then the tubers are dried for another day at a temperature of 35 degrees. Thanks to this complex process, it is possible to preserve all the beneficial vitamins and trace elements of the root.
It is also important that candied fruits can be stored for a year, which is not the case with fresh tubers.
For children (including diabetics), such useful candied fruits, strengthening their overall health, may well replace sweets.
Topinambur – dietary supplement
Jerusalem artichoke is a dietary supplement of natural origin, used as a therapeutic and prophylactic agent for a wide range of diseases. This dietary supplement is produced in various dosage forms.
In general, the use of dietary supplements, which are based on topinambur, makes it possible, firstly, to carry out preventive and rehabilitation work among impaired children and adults, secondly, to increase the effectiveness of treatment of various diseases provoked by metabolic disorders, stress, and immune insufficiency.
Indications for use of dietary supplements based on Jerusalem artichoke:
- lack of selenium (Jerusalem artichoke does not contain selenium, but contributes to its absorption from food)
- prevention of cardiovascular diseases
- prevention of cancer
- slowing the aging process
- treatment of skin diseases
- treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and respiratory organs
- strengthening the immune system
- normalization of metabolic processes
- removal of intoxication in case of poisoning of various origin
- normalization of the digestive tract
- rehabilitation after past infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Instructions for use of Jerusalem artichoke
It is recommended to start using dietary supplements based on topinambur gradually, which will help "to teach" Gastrointestinal tract to this product and eliminate the possible feeling of discomfort. The fact is that the Jerusalem artichoke, entering the intestine, suppresses pathogens and stimulates the growth of lacto-and bifidobacteria friendly to the human body. For this reason, the consumption at first of a large amount of the drug can provoke discomfort in the intestine, at the first signs of which the dose of the powder should be reduced. A few days later, when the microflora is restored, and the discomfort disappears, you can again proceed to the required dose of the drug.
Adults in the first week are advised to take 0.2 – 0.5 tsp. Jerusalem artichoke powder per day, half an hour before meals, washing down with water.
In the second week, the dose for adults is increased to 1 tsp. per day (hereinafter, the powder is also taken in a teaspoon, washed down with water 30 minutes before meals).
For children, it is necessary to adjust the indicated dosages downwards.
If you wish, you can add Jerusalem artichoke powder to ready meals (salads, soups, side dishes, yogurts), half a teaspoon per serving.
Important! Topinambur powder thins the blood, so it can not be used in the preoperative period and during menstruation.
Jerusalem artichoke for weight loss
Jerusalem artichoke is an excellent way to safely lose weight, which has been proven in clinical and experimental studies.
The benefits of topinambur for weight loss:
one. Improving fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
2 Decreased insulin levels in the blood (obesity is often the result of type 2 diabetes).
3 Removal of toxins and salts of heavy metals.
four. Providing the body with many vitamins, micro-and macronutrients, in which losing weight most often lack.
five. Elimination of constipation (this problem often occurs in losing weight, which is associated with malfunction of the intestine).
Calorie topinambur is about 70 kcal. Proteins in this root contains 2 grams, fat – 0, 01 g, and carbohydrates – 15.84 g.
Acceptance of this low-calorie, but at the same time, nutritional product will not only adversely affect the figure, but will also help in eliminating the feeling of hunger while following this or that diet, thereby contributing to the whole process of losing weight.
Jerusalem artichoke for obesity
Obesity is today considered to be one of the most dangerous diseases in the world, because it causes serious and sometimes fatal complications, including:
- angina pectoris
- heart failure
- gallbladder disease
- cirrhosis of the liver
- articular osteochondrosis
- involuntary urine
- oncological diseases
- benign cerebral edema
- sudden death due to unclear cause.
Jerusalem artichoke not only effectively fights against the root causes of obesity, which are metabolic disorders (especially fat metabolism) and an imbalance in the bowels, but also eliminates the symptoms of obesity.
Intake of topinambur preparations contributes to:
- normalization of both carbohydrate and fat metabolism
- decrease blood insulin
- normalization of intestinal motility
- weight loss.
Of course, there can be no question of rapid weight loss of 10 – 15 kg per month. With the help of Jerusalem artichoke, dropping excess weight occurs systematically and gradually, by restructuring all types of metabolism. For this reason, weight loss is palpable only after three – four months. Although there are cases when there is a significant weight loss in the first month of receiving Jerusalem artichoke.
The rate of onset of the effect of taking Jerusalem artichoke depends on such factors:
one. Individual feature of the body.
2 Balanced diet.
3 The optimum motive mode assuming physical activities.
If the loss of extra pounds is less than desired, then you should not be upset, because the positive changes that occur in the body as a result of taking topinambur drugs have a beneficial effect on the course and development of serious diseases that accompany obesity.
The benefits of taking topinambur for obesity:
- lowering blood pressure
- relief of angina attacks
- reducing the risk of vascular diseases (myocardial infarction, brain stroke)
- prevention of exacerbation of diseases such as cholecystitis and pancreatitis.
Jerusalem artichoke and bran
A dry mix of Jerusalem artichoke and bran is recommended for the diet therapy, shown in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, because it not only contributes to the excellent absorption of nutrients, but also contains a large number of useful substances.
Pharmaceutical version of this mixture can be added to various dishes and drinks. It is important to observe the dosage prescribed by the instruction and remember that heating the mixture to high temperatures deprives it of many useful properties. Therefore, it is better to add a mixture of Jerusalem artichoke and bran in cold dishes.
Bran, like Jerusalem artichoke, is a valuable source of fiber, which accounts for the main effect of such a mixture on the body – stimulating and cleansing the digestive system, which entails a natural weight loss.
The effect of a mixture of Jerusalem artichoke and bran on the body:
- decrease in appetite
- weight normalization
- skin condition improvement
- promoting stool regularity by normalizing the gastrointestinal tract
- prevention of atherosclerosis (both Jerusalem artichoke and bran lower cholesterol)
- slow starch degradation, which has a positive effect on the glycemic index of foods
- normalization of metabolism.
A mixture of Jerusalem artichoke and bran is recommended for people who suffer from dysbacteriosis, constipation and are overweight. In addition, this mixture can be prescribed to children who have reached 10 months of age, as a harmless and effective vitamin, as well as a mineral supplement.
A mixture of Jerusalem artichoke and bran is used only in the composition of mucous products (for example, in jelly or porridge mucous) and in a reduced dose with:
- exacerbation of stomach ulcers
- duodenal ulcer
- chronic gastritis
- ulcerative colitis
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Jerusalem artichoke in cosmetology
Jerusalem artichoke in cosmetology is used as an excellent anti-aging agent, smoothing the deepest wrinkles and improving the complexion. Also Jerusalem artichoke is an effective antiseptic that fights acne and skin irritations.
With the help of an infusion of Jerusalem artichoke, you can return the hair shine, strengthen the hair follicle and just improve your hair. For this 4 tbsp. finely crushed leaves of Jerusalem artichoke should be poured with one liter of boiling water, and then insist means 40 minutes. Strained infusion rinsed hair after shampooing. Hair after such a procedure becomes soft, beautiful and silky.
Masks on the basis of ground tubers of Jerusalem artichoke have long been used for cosmetic purposes to eliminate skin slackness and smooth wrinkles. Masks of girasol relieve irritation and inflammation of the skin.
In addition, Jerusalem artichoke is used to treat acne and seborrhea: for example, the tubers of the plant include many substances that stimulate the natural production of collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s firmness and elasticity. Such substances include vitamin C, carotenoids, silicon and copper, sulfur and amino acids.
We can not say about zinc, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It is this trace element normalizes the secretion of the sebaceous glands of the skin, thereby preventing the formation of acne.
Anti wrinkle mask
Three tubers of Jerusalem artichoke are thoroughly washed and rubbed with a grater, after which 0.5 tsp is added to the resulting mass. honey The resulting slurry is applied to the face for 20 minutes, after which it is washed off with water at room temperature. It is recommended to make masks every other day (in total, it is necessary to make 21 masks, while after 10 procedures the effect of the mask will become noticeable).
Mask for dry skin
To the mush from freshly ground fresh tubers of Jerusalem artichoke should be added 0.5 tsp. olive oil. The mask is applied for 20 minutes, after which it is washed off with warm and necessarily weak brewing of green tea. After 4 minutes, the face is rubbed with a piece of ice (you can just wash your face with cool water). After 10 masks, the skin will become elastic and soft, whereas after 20 procedures wrinkles will be smoothed on it.