The Physalis plant belongs to the Solanaceae family. It is widely used for its therapeutic virtues. We also appreciate its berry, which bears the same name, the Physalis. Enclosed in its golden leaf, it gives charm to the decorations of pastries. Our taste buds are also salivating, its taste close to pineapple, with a sweet and sour flavor offers pep and color in the plates. Dried physalis are full of micronutrients essential to our health. For example, manganese and potassium are involved in muscle contraction. We also find vitamin C, which allows us to better benefit from the non-heme iron they contain. Latin name: Physalis peruviana. Botanical family: Solanaceae. Part used: Fruit.
The dried physalis is a dry fruit. It therefore contains more sugar than a fresh Physalis, the recommendations for daily consumption are defined. In classic cure or for pleasure, a portion of dried Physalis is estimated between 20 and 30 g per day, evening about twenty dried Physalis.
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25g of dried Physalis contain a significant portion of the Population Nutritional Reference (PNR) of the following nutrients Potassium, Vitamin A and Manganese. They also contain, to a lesser extent, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C.
As such, dried Physalis can complement your healthy and varied diet.
Dried physalis reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disorders. Indeed, thanks to the vitamin C, they are antioxidant berries. Moreover, they contribute to the reduction of cholesterol levels. Therefore, dried physalis contribute to prevent the harmful effects of oxidative stress and excess cholesterol, to be included in a varied and balanced diet.
An unbalanced diet enters into the primary causes of slow digestive transit. Indeed, insufficient fiber intake leads to constipation (see our guide on constipation and diet). With regard to their richness in fiber, dried physalis prevent and fight against digestive transit disorders.
Dried physalis contain certain whitanolides. These tend to keep insects away.
A diet rich in salt promotes high blood pressure. Dried physalis are naturally low in salt: they do not contribute to sodium intake. On the contrary, they are rich in potassium, which regulates the strength of the heart contraction and has a hypotensive effect.
Tendons and ligaments are dense connective tissues. There is a predominance of collagen fibers that make them resistant. Physalis provide vitamin C. The latter is involved in the formation of collagen. Moreover, manganese contributes to the formation of connective tissue. Thus, the dried physalis promote the resistance of joints.
The muscles also benefit from the micronutrients present in Physalis. In the event of rupture of the muscular fibers, the sufficient contribution in proteins is necessary. Physalis accompany muscle reconstruction thanks to magnesium and zinc. These two nutrients contribute to the proteogenesis. Dried physalis also reduce muscle contraction disorders thanks to potassium and magnesium (see our guide muscle cramps and diet). A potassium- and magnesium-bearing diet is recommended for contraction disorders.
The dried physalis are dried fruits, which means that their macronutrients (energy carriers) are concentrated. They therefore contribute to energy intake. Moreover, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins C and B3 contribute to the formation of energy (ATP). This energy supply is essential to the body's functioning: it is its fuel. Physalis even boost the body since magnesium, iron and vitamins B3 and C reduce fatigue.
Concerning intellectual capacities, dried physalis fight against zinc and iron deficiencies. These deficiencies decrease cognitive performance. Finally, dried physalis balance the nervous system by participating in the normal production of neurotransmitters (property conferred by magnesium and vitamins B3 and C), and in the transmission of nervous messages (thanks to potassium).
A deficiency in zinc or vitamin A seriously affects vision. The consequences are increasing: decreased vision, decreased night vision and finally blindness. Therefore, a satisfactory intake of zinc and vitamin A prevents eye diseases. Physalis contributes to the maintenance of the vision, because it contains zinc and is full of vitamin A.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, dried physalis can help prevent the following disorders
Iron deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anemia (see our food and iron deficiency anemia guide). Dried Physalis are a source of iron. In addition, iron and vitamin A improve the iron bioavailability of Physalis. Furthermore, dried physalis contribute to vascular health, through the synthesis of collagen enabled by vitamin C. Collagen is a constituent of blood vessels.
Dried Physalis are interesting for mature and acne-prone skin. To begin with, with age, collagen synthesis decreases. This decrease makes the skin less firm. Dried physalis stimulate the production of collagen, thanks to the vitamin C. Also, they have a smoothing power by the presence of vitamin A. Concerning acne, the duo zinc and niacinamide (vitamin B3) of Physalis stimulate skin renewal, and reduce the appearance of pores and imperfections.
Diet modulates the functioning of the immune system. Inadequate zinc or iron intakes reduce resistance to infection and lead to immune deficiencies. Satisfactory intakes of vitamin C and vitamin A stimulate the immune functions. Dried physalis provide these four nutrients: iron, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Bone disorders (fracture, demineralization) can be accompanied by dried Physalis. Indeed, the bone requires proteins (mainly collagen) and minerals for its reconstruction. Physalis stimulate protein synthesis by magnesium and zinc. They also participate in the formation of collagen with vitamin C. Concerning minerals, Physalis contain magnesium and phosphorus. Finally, thanks to manganese and zinc, they stimulate the activity of enzymes responsible for bone remodeling. Note that collagen is an important protein for cartilage. Always thanks to this vitamin C, Physalis help in the recovery of cartilage disorders.
The Physalis is a plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. This small shrub is less than 2 m high, and likes the sun. In summer, it is covered with beautiful yellow and black flowers. The flowers evolve with the seasons: their calyxes swell and grow to form a lampion. Inside, which represents the bulb, in autumn, grows the fruit: the Physalis. This small orange berry is enclosed in a cage of orange leaves. This leaves room for the imagination to find nicknames for the Physalis: love in a cage, Chinese lantern, ground cherry, golden berry, pineapple cherry, Jewish cherry ... Especially since these names also vary depending on their origin: Inca berry, Cape gooseberry, Peruvian cockroach, aguaymanto (for its Spanish name) ...
The Physalis plant is appreciated for its fruit eaten fresh, dried, in jam, or for its decorative aspect. It would be native of America, before spreading in the whole world. The physalis (plant) enters in numerous medicinal treaties: one considers the plant as diuretic (because of its calyx which resembles a bladder), one uses it to fight against the retention of water, or in the event of crisis of drop or renal stones. Attention, this plant of the urinary sphere must be consumed mature: because its foliage and its immature fruits (which do not have this gilded color) are toxic.
Whitanolides are bioactive compounds essentially present in some genera of plants of the Solanaceae family. In this large family, we find Physalis, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, tobacco or goji berries. (Note that no whitanolide has yet been found in tobacco). We don't know why these plants make them, apparently to keep out larvae and herbivores. This group includes more than 300 whitanolides, which according to some scientific studies, show some beneficial properties in the body.Physalis (Inca berries)...
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