In big cities, you will see rare conifers, except at the Christmas tree market before the New Year, or in front of government buildings. The residents of the metropolis, they are particularly needed: for good health and even to fight diseases, so here where conifer trees come in hand.
Fact 1. Free breathing
We all know how nice we fill and how wonderful is to breathe in a fir tree forest – and these are not just empty words. The air in this forest literally is soaked in volatile production – biologically active substances, which have the property to destroy pathogens. They even have strong effects on the tubercle bacillus, which is why tuberculosis sanatoriums usually are built in pine forests. Scientists estimate that the air in the coniferous forest contains no more than 200-300 bacteria per cubic meter, which is, compared to the air that we breathe in public transport – it is practically sterile! And that’s not all. Walking in the coniferous forest relieve fatigue and nervous tension, stimulate gas exchange in the lungs and, therefore, improve breathing. In the first place, it is necessary for smokers and those who spend most of the day in a poorly ventilated room.
Fact 2. It helps in vitamin deficiency
And it’s true. The needles contain not less than 200 mg% of vitamin C – as much as a blackcurrant and sea buckthorn and 7 times more than in lemons. In those days, when great navigators like Vitus Bering, Bill Barents were dying from scurvy and almost killed Magellan during the search for a new route to India he 70% of his team, Siberians even wasn’t aware this terrible disease. The fact is that they ate the young needles from pine and fir tree. Besides vitamin C needles also contains provitamin A (carotene), vitamin E, K, P, B1, B2, B6, PP and N. The composition of the needles is a drugstore of multivitamins but exceeds greatly the vitamins and minerals found in pharmacies, because they are all natural vitamins.
Fact 3. Cones protect from stroke
US scientists have proved that the substance from the group of tannins, which are contained in the pine cones, can help in the treatment of stroke, due to its ability to prevent the death of brain cells. Experiments on mice have been successful. Now turn over the drugs.
Fact 4. Protection against influenza
In the midst of an epidemic of influenza H1N1 (in October 2009) Director Institute of Influenza Academician Oleg Kiselyov advised Russians to wear in public places gauze masks impregnated with essential oil of conifers: pine, fir or larch. According to him, through that kind of a mask, “no viruses will pass.”
Fact 5. Pine bath of nerves
Pine bath soothes, relieves fatigue and increases vitality. Therefore, it is often prescribed for vascular dystonia, insomnia, nervousness, general fatigue. For the bath can be used a liquid pine extract (100 ml) and dried (100 g) or tablets (1-2 tablets). The extract has to be dissolved in warm water (36-37 degrees). When receiving a softwood bath is very important that the heart region remained not coated with water. Duration of treatment is 15 minutes. You can take this type of bath every 2 days; the course of treatment is 10-15 sessions. Bath with a decoction of larch needles is taken for gout and other affected joints.
6. The fact that natural antioxidants
The latch contains a unique natural antioxidant – bioflavonoids dihydro quercetin (DHA). Its ability to neutralize free radicals exceeds the previously known natural counterparts – vitamins B, C, beta carotene, tocopherol – dozens of times. One of the most durable and strong coniferous trees is the larch. What properties has dihydro quercetin? Improving immunity;
Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
Normal levels of cholesterol
Reducing inflammation in vessel walls
Normalization of metabolism
Improvement of microcirculation
Accelerate recovery of damaged tissues
Extending the life of healthy cells, due to the blocking of the free radicals
Improvement in allergy
Reduce the formation of carcinogens in the body
Until recently it was almost impossible to extract dihydro quercetin from the larch without losing useful properties. DHA is extracted only from very expensive raw materials – citrus, grape seed, Sophora japonica, rose petals and stems of Gingko Biloba, so prices have been appropriate. However, a few years ago, Russian scientists have developed high-tech extraction technique of dihydro quercetin softwood in which there is no destruction of the natural molecule. According to the degree of purity and biological activity dihydro quercetin yet has no analogs.