Chestnuts – Food and Medicine

During autumn, chestnut trees can be admired in all their splendor and we can start to eat chestnuts. These tiny fruits have both nutritional and health qualities, perhaps less known to many of us.


They can be a great nutritive supplement

Chestnuts along with peanuts and nuts can complement your diet.

The Turks were the first who sought to give a use to chestnuts using them as food for their horses, and because often the sick horses were better after eating chestnuts, people have come to believe that they have healing powers. In reality, the high starch content of chestnuts, because starch was the cause, it is not a healing substance, but a very nutritious one.

Chestnuts are a nutritious food

Long time ago due to their nutritive power, in bad times, people used ground chestnuts instead of flour. In time they also began to be consumed as food. Today they can be found in various forms: boiled, fried, baked or creams. Chestnuts have a high content of antioxidant vitamins.

In many cultures it was believed that whoever carries a chestnut in his coat pocket will be free from rheumatic pains. In reality, things are not so easy to fix, but chestnuts can really help against rheumatism.

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Chestnuts strengthen the immune system

Put 30 chestnuts to boil in 5 liters of water and let them boil until the water drops in half. Pour the resulting liquid in the bathtub, and repeat baths every two days, they help the immune system to function properly.

Chestnuts have a high content of protein and carbohydrates and successfully used medicinally for several decades.

Chestnuts contain anti-inflammatory substances

Chestnuts also contain substances known as saponosides which have anti-inflammatory activity, and act effectively in venous problems such as varicose veins. After just a few days you can see obvious improvements and relieve of unpleasant symptoms such as pain, swelling or venous contractions.

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