In ancient times, in the western part of Mount Hemus, between the provinces of Moesia and Thracia (Stara Planina, Bulgaria) lived the warlike and rebellious, Thracian tribe Tribali.
They were famous for the large amounts of gold they extracted from their deposits, but they were also known for their health and longevity. Although they lived in the high mountains and ate plenty of meat and honey, diseases such as rheumatism, gout and diabetes were unknown to them. In 339 BC, after a successful campaign against Scythia, on his return to Macedonia King Philip II of Macedon decided to cross the Tribali lands with his troops. Characteristically, the arrogant Macedonian King did not ask for prior permission and was incredibly shocked when in the mountain gorges of Zlatishki Pass (between the towns of Zlatitsa and Etropole) he was surrounded on all sides by numerous Tribali fighters.
Their envoys told Philip that if he passed without permission, according to their laws, he must give them half of the loot with which he returned from the campaign.
As expected, he refused and a great battle began in which Philip II of Macedon himself was wounded and managed to escape only thanks to his personal elite guard.
During the escape, the guards managed to capture a young man from the Tribali, who impressed them with his gilded armor. They later learned that the man they captured was Delopt Etizar – the son of the King of the Tribali. After taking him to Pella, they learned from him that the Tribali owe their health and longevity to the rare herbs that grow in their mountains, as well as the dried Blueberries which were an integral part of their diet.
Blueberries contain the following in their chemical composition:
• fruit acids;
• vitamin A;
• Vitamin C;
• vitamin B6;
• folic acid;
• pantothenic acid;
• minerals – chromium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium, tannins, dye
Properties of Blueberries:
• strong antioxidant action;
• stabilizes collagen fibers and stimulates collagen biosynthesis;
• antibacterial action – due to phenolic compounds;
• anti-inflammatory – inhibits the release of inflammatory mediators such as histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes;
• lowers blood sugar levels;
• inhibitory effect against various human pathogens, including Salmonella, H. pylori, Bacillus, clostridium and Staphylococcus aureus;
Cranberries are unique in composition, namely in the content of vitamins, micro- and macronutrients in them. The fruits contain the following vitamins: K, A, PP, C and the whole group B. They also contain many basic micro- and macro-elements, organic acids, antioxidants, catechins and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
There is very little protein, fat and carbohydrates in the seeds, but they contain a lot of fiber.
About 88.9% of cranberries and blueberries are water.
Healing Properties of Cranberries
The main health effects of Cranberries lie in the fact they soothe ailments connected to problems and disorders in the urinary tract. Proanthocyanidins prevent bacteria from entering the tract and help get rid of such urinary issues. Dangerous bacteria have a shape that allows them to easily stick to the urinary tract. Proanthocyanidins change the shape of these bacteria, rendering them unable to regain their ability to attach. In this way, the bacteria cannot affect the urinary tract, bladder or uterus. Some studies also suggest that Cranberries have similar effects on bacteria that stick to teeth and the stomach.