1. Nina Ishchenko, general practitioner

    The drug that will save from a heart attack is growing in almost every experienced summer resident.
    This is a sweet pepper.
    It is this vegetable that scientists recommend along with others to use as often as possible to prevent a heart catastrophe.
    Pepper is rich in carotene (vitamin A), which in ripe fruit is as much as in carrots; vitamin C - almost as much as dogrose; vitamins E, P, PP, group B. Among the mineral substances emit potassium and sodium, calcium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, silicon. Vitamins A, C, E strengthen blood vessels, normalize their permeability, the elasticity of the walls, help the capillaries.

    Scientists claim that eating foods that contain a lot of carotene (this is pepper 40-50, one and a half carrots), almost 50% reduces the risk of stroke, and if you eat these products will be sick after hemorrhage, it will help him survive and overcome the effects of the attack.

    By the way, pepper is also useful for the prevention of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and even vascular diseases associated with damage to the vascular wall.
    Sweet pepper is also an effective cancer fighter. The National Cancer Institute of the USA has developed scientifically based recommendations for good nutrition, in which a special place is given to sweet peppers, rich in vitamins A and C.
    Aromatic substances of sweet pepper contribute to the release of the "hormone of happiness" - endorphin, which has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. But what's the trouble — sweet pepper is incompatible with increased excitability of the nervous system, insomnia, and especially epilepsy.
    First of all, pepper is useful for women, since, according to Italian scientists, this product is involved in the prevention of breast cancer. If a woman, as Italian researchers say, eats at least one green pepper a day, then her risk of getting cancer is three times lower.
    Also proven beneficial effects of pepper on the human immune system. In most cases, it improves breathing, prevents asthma attacks, manifestations of bronchitis.
    It must be borne in mind that sweet pepper is not useful to everyone. Dishes from sweet pepper are contraindicated in cases of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, liver, intestinal and kidney diseases. And even diluted freshly prepared juice from this vegetable is contraindicated in patients with severe coronary heart disease (angina), heart rhythm disturbances, hypertension, gastric ulcer and intestinal ulcer, gastritis with increased acidity of gastric juice, colitis, exacerbation of chronic liver and kidney diseases, hemorrhoids with increased excitability of the nervous system, as well as with epilepsy and insomnia.

  2. Summerman, gardener and gardener (anonymous)

    Why are leaves curled?
    This year, the Bulgarian pepper seedlings behave in an unusual way: the edges of the leaves, curling down, form a semblance of a boat. Could this be a symptom of some disease?
    Valentina Mikhailovna KOLOVRATOVA, Kaliningrad region, Chernyakhovsk

    • OOO "Sad"

      Most often, this behavior of some varieties, especially hybrids of sweet pepper, does not indicate any disease. It is associated with uneven growth of the leaf blade. At the same time, the central vein is ahead of other parts of the sheet and, like a string, pulls towards itself its edges. So it turns out "boat." It is clear that the gardener about this should not worry. We must have patience and wait until the plant “outgrow” this problem.
      Less often, the leaves of the peppers curl with a deficiency of potassium. It can be easily removed by pouring out ash from the wood ash (it must be infused for 2 days, and then carefully drain the liquid fraction). Problems can be avoided if dry wood ash is added to the soil before sowing at the rate of 2 Art. l on xnumx l soil mix.

      And, finally, another reason for leaf curling may be poor breathability of the soil mixture. Oxygen does not enter the area of ​​the root system, because of which the whole plant begins to suffer. This can also contribute to excessive watering.
      The problem is solved by changing the structure of the soil mixture: it should be light and loose, which is achieved by adding sand, compost or small vermiculite. At the bottom, a drainage should be created with a hole for the drainage of excess water and a layer of a moisture-permeable substance: perlite, expanded clay, vermiculite of a larger fraction.

  3. D. Ivekova Moscow region

    Tell me, what happened to my peppers? Seedling after the pike was transplanted into a new soil. But after a week or half-torus the tops began to stop growing, to bend. Transplantation to another soil saved, but time was lost (it was necessary to pinch off the growth point, replacing stepchildren).

    • OOO "Sad"

      This is similar to non-infectious disease and is associated, most likely, with a lack or excess of trace elements. For example, with a lack of copper, twisting of young leaves with a boat upwards and twisting the petioles downwards is noted. With acute deficit of boron, the point of growth of the main stem dies at the top of the plant and side shoots are formed. Necrotic mottling of leaves and gradual twisting of petioles of young leaves downwards is observed during zinc starvation. Excess potassium can lead to a delay and slow growth, the color of the leaves becomes dark green. Such symptoms are usually distributed throughout the plant, especially strongly on young leaves. Excess zinc and copper can lead to the development of small leaves, thin stems, dwarfism of plants. All this is often accompanied by interstitial chlorosis, reddening the underside of the young and twisting down more adult leaves.
      The appearance of these symptoms with a lack of nutrients is usually associated with a violation of normal metabolism of the plant. If there is an excess of possible toxicosis, a violation of the regulation of functions inside cells or the plant as a whole.

      The reader has acted correctly, having replaced a ground and having pinched a point of growth. Only in this way can the resuscitated seedlings be resuscitated. But what to do in the future? Buying a new primer, even a trusted manufacturer, it is worth checking it, in advance of landing the experimental bushes. If they develop normally, the soil is suitable for seedlings. But if symptoms of trouble arise again, it is better to take the land of another producer. A bag of suspicious soil can be disposed of, poured into compost and mixed with plant residues and manure.
      I. KORSAK


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