Ingredients: 100% Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is a highly versatile ingredient that can be used in stews and soups, stir fries and smoothies, and also brewed as a nourishing herbal tea. It was used as a herbal remedy in Ancient Egypt for the treatment of arthritis and lower back pain. It is also documented that the Roman troops rubbed nettle on themselves to keep warm.
Studies have linked this green leafy vegetable to a number of potential health benefits. Stinging nettle is rich in an array of vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, essential amino acids and polyphenols, many of which act as antioxidants inside the body. Some studies indicate that stinging nettle extract can raise blood antioxidant levels and supress inflammation, with research indicating that the application of stinging nettle cream or consuming stinging nettle products has shown to relieve inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and seasonal allergies such as hay fever. Interestingly, a few studies have also suggested that stinging nettle may help in the reduction of prostate size and treat symptoms associated with enlarged prostate glands in males. It may also assist with the lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is derived from the Latin word uro, which means “to burn”, because its leaves can cause a temporary burning sensation upon contact, producing itching, redness and swelling. However, once processed into a supplement, dried, freeze-dried or cooked, stinging nettle is safe for consumption.
While Stinging Nettle is considered to be a mild tisane and has been attributed to a number of positive health benefits, more studies are necessary before any recommendations can be made. Always consult a doctor before using any herbal remedy to treat a medical condition.
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