Traditional practices and studies have shown that decoction from the leaves, the flowers or the fruits of the sorrel, can treat and prevent a number of conditions. Below is ten healthy benefits of the use of sorrel.
Studies have suggested that there is an acid in sorrel that helps with weight loss by dispersing more enzyme in the digestive system. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down the excess starch and sugar (calories) molecules in the body that causes weight gain. This acid found in sorrel helps in the discharge of amylaseinto the digestive system.
Sorrel is found to have high doses of vitamin and minerals and a great antioxidant, which helps to prevent cancer and help in the cure of the disease.Anthocyanin properties are also found in sorrel, which are known to inhibit the development of cancer.
Anti – inflammatory
Studies have shown sorrel have powerful ant-inflammatory properties. Anti- inflammatory properties neutralizes the free radicals in our bodies that causes inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, stomach, and even cancer.
Lower blood pressure
Sorrel has antihypertensive properties that help to lower blood pressure. A research done at a university in Boston, found that by drinking a cup of sorrel tea daily, some individuals who were suffering from high blood pressure had a ten-point reduction in their blood pressure level after 30 days.
Lower stress level
According to research done at the University of London, the polyphenols in sorrel reduces cortisol levels, the stress hormones in our blood and dilates our blood vessels, improving your cardiac function.
Prevent heart disease
Sorrel helps to keep the heart healthy and prevents the development of cardiovascular disease. The powerful antioxidant properties in the sorrel reduce the low density lipoproteins (bad cholesterols) in the body, which develop into heart disease.
Prevent flu and cold
The sorrel is an ancient African remedy for cold and flu. According the some sorrel was Ethiopians long before it was Jamaicans and to this day sorrel tea is used to cure cold and flu in Ethiopia. Rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid), consuming sorrel will helps boost the immune system and help prevent you getting a cold or flu.
Because of the ability to cool the body down, sorrel is use to reduce the effect fever.
Reduce menstrual cramps
Drinking sorrel tea a few days before your period starts can ease menstruation cramps. In some Asian countries, extracts from the leaves are use to regulate menstrual cycle and treat menstrual cycle related problems.
Sorrel contains diuretic properties that increase bowel movement, which relief constipation. This is a remedy that has long been use amount the ancient Egyptians.
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