Lentils – a Medicine of the Ancient Romans
- Why Is Lentils Helpful?
- Medicinal Properties
- Variants of Use
Among the many legumes, lentils is one of the dominant place. Invaluable lentils due to the fact that all its varieties is very rich in proteins (in the seeds they contain up to 35%) and with almost no fat (maximum of 2% in some grades). Lentil protein possesses property perfectly absorbed by the body, and in addition, contains vital amino acids that provide invaluable benefits to many organs and systems.
And in addition to taste, allowing the use of this herb in cooking, lentils has also excellent medicinal properties that have been identified even thousands of years ago. In particular, in ancient Rome, this plant was used as a full-fledged drug quality and today it “saw through” almost all nations.
Why Is Lentils Helpful?
Lentils perfect human digestive system: Pulses to the human body has adapted over the centuries, and today this adaptation is evident even at the genetic level. This means that the lentils are not only perfectly assimilated, but also incorporates all that is needed by the body without causing him any harm.
Among the main elements of the plant are:
- iron, the content of which lentils simply has no equal,
- lecithin, and other amino acids,
- vitamins (in particular, group B),
- vegetable protein,
Given this, it can completely replace the lentils are all cereals and breads, and even most of the meat. That is why lentil flour used for cooking vegetarian bread, which is gentle on the gastro-intestinal tract.
Another useful quality lentils – it can not accumulate the toxins, nitrates and radionuclides, so it can be considered the most environmentally friendly of all existing.
First of all, this plant is recommended to take those who are suffering from kidney stones, as well as diabetes. Lentils are able to lower blood sugar (though this is not peculiar to all varieties), so it must be included in the diet at least once a week. Additionally, lentils have the following useful properties:
- It has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system (due to the higher content of potassium, which improves the functioning of the heart);
- IT able to treat nervous disorders: another Roman doctors claimed that lentils makes a person more calm and patient, a beneficial effect on the nervous system and brain saturating protein;
- It is an excellent blood-forming product;
- It can be used as an adjunct in the treatment of colitis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer disease.
In addition, the special qualities of different useful and sprouted lentils. In its structure and composition, it is not inferior to the healing wheat germ, and the taste is very reminiscent of fresh green peas. Thus sprouted lentils are unpretentious and easy to get it: enough to buy a few seeds in the skin (they are gray or green in color), and very soon they will sprout.
Variants of Use
Useful properties of lentils stored in any of its forms and in any treatment, but there are some specific recommendations on the use of this plant and meals out of it. First of all, as the lentils in good mash – in this embodiment, it is best promotes hematopoiesis, as well as beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract, and helps to cure some diseases digestion.
By the way, for the preparation of mashed potatoes is best to use red lentils – she quickly fall apart and with better than other varieties retain their quality when cooked. In addition, lentils can be used in salads and soups – as such, it is most effective to normalize blood sugar levels, as well as make the basis of medicinal decoction that is beneficial to the work of the kidneys.
For the preparation of these dishes and broths perfectly suit all varieties of lentils, including brown (in the soup can be mixed with various herbs), as well as varieties of “Puy” and “Beluga”, which have an original look and taste very good.