The use of tannins for the body
The tannins present in large numbers in the persimmon, dogwood, quince, blueberries, pear, black currant, turmeric, and also in tea and coffee. They give the fruit and leaves of plants characteristic astringent bitter taste. Tannins useful for the body. Many of these compounds reduce the secretory function of the gastrointestinal tract, affect the intestinal mucosa anti-inflammatory effect, have astringent or irritating effect, depending on their concentration. The motility of the intestines slows the absorption of nutrients is more intense, of the intestinal contents becomes drier and firmer.
Tannins are protection of the mucosa from irritants.
By eating fruits rich in tannins, the body receives substances such as catechin and epicatechin. They bind carcinogenic compounds, clean the intestines from toxins, prevent the appearance of inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal tract, diverticulitis. A lot of tannic substances contained in medicinal herbs (wild cherry, birch, oak bark, St. John's wort, tansy, rhubarb). They have antibacterial, hemostatic, astringent, anti-inflammatory properties.
Tannin contained in green tea, have a bacteriostatic and bactericidal effect against staphylococci, typhoid, paratyphoid, dysentery and other sticks. Clinical studies have shown that the decoction of green tea is a great protivogistaminne means. Essential oils, caffeine, tannins that are included with this drink, acting complex helps to reduce the risk of cancer, interfere with active oxidative processes and mutations of cells.
Green tea displays the body of heavy metals - lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, and radioactive substances, preventing the emergence of leukemia, radiation sickness.
How to eat foods that contain tannins
Tannins are destroyed by freezing products, so you should prefer fresh fruit and berries. With ferric salts tannin gives a black-green and black-blue color, therefore you must not contact the juice and pulp of the fruit with iron and some other metals. As a result, the quality of the products is deteriorating, so to chop fruits, berries, vegetables should be of stainless steel knives. Fruits containing tannins, should be consumed in between meals or on an empty stomach, because they bind to proteins that do not reach the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines and does not exert its beneficial action. Excessive consumption of tannin-rich foods can cause constipation.