Lesser known uses of nettle

Stinging nettle is known as a wild plant, but this plant has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that are effective in many cases.

Against the aging process

Stinging nettle contains vitamin C, zinc, pro-vitamin A, potassium, flavonoids, trace elements… These active ingredients are considered effective antioxidants, help the body reduce stress, support growth strong in case of intellectual fatigue and overwork. You can drink 3 cups of water from nettle leaves every day to reduce stress and fatigue.

Strong bones, hair and nails

Thanks to the calcium and silica in the leaves, stinging nettle has an advantage in fighting osteoporosis. Moreover, this plant is also rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids, which have a remineralizing effect in cases of severe treatment such as chemotherapy.

Thyroid stimulation

Stinging nettle contributes to the normal functioning of the thyroid and adrenal glands and is also suitable for menopause. Its root is also believed to have the ability to fight some benign diseases of the prostate gland.

Stinging nettle contains the active ingredient beta-sitosterol. According to a study published in the journal Cancer Science and Therapeutics in 2016, beta-sitosterol has a prostaglandin ability (prostaglandin directly affects prostatitis, reducing blood flow and size of the prostate gland). paralysis).

Effective anti-inflammatory ability

Stinging nettle has the ability to restore the acid-base balance in the body. It therefore contributes to the fight against inflammation and chronic pain, soothes heartburn, relieves joint pain, arthritis and rheumatism.

Detoxify the body

According to some studies, nettle has a cleansing and descaling effect (removing chloride and urea). Thanks to its diuretic properties, stinging nettle is recommended to take care of kidney health, even indicated for use in cases of urinary tract infections.

Note, stinging nettle should be used dried or cooked, in moderation, because fresh nettle leaves have many thorns, which can be harmful to the skin. On the other hand, stinging nettle contains active ingredients such as: Acetylcholine, Histamine, Serotonin, Leukotriene, Formic Acid that can cause rashes, pimples, urticaria and itching. However, these active ingredients will gradually decrease in amount or be eliminated when we process stinging nettle in the form of cooked or dried.

Pregnant women should avoid consuming stinging nettle because it can cause uterine contractions and increase the risk of miscarriage.

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