Health benefits of Jamaican sorrel. This bright red plant is used to make our most popular Christmas drink. Known for its great taste, it also has many health benefits.
What is Jamaican Sorrel?
I have to make clear what Jamaican sorrel is not before saying what it is, because there is a lot of confusion and it often gets mixed up with other plants.
Don’t confuse Rumex acetosa or Rumex acetosella, which are also called sorrel, with Jamaican sorrel. These are leafy green herbs that resemble spinach and used in salad and other cuisines.
Some people also think that hibiscus is Jamaican sorrel. Although Jamaican sorrel is apart of the hibiscus family it should not be mistaken for hibiscus.
Jamaican Sorrel, all called roselle, is a woody-based subshrub plant that grown about three metres tall.
While various parts of the plant are used in a variety of cooking style around the world, in Jamaican, we use the sorrel flower calyx to make the sorrel drink, consumed mostly at Christmas time.
Jamaican sorrel and other plants from the hibiscus family are sorted after because of the tremendous amount of health benefits that comes with consuming the plant.
Below are 10 health benefits that are known to drinking Jamaican sorrel drink.
1. Weight loss
Studies have suggested that there is an acid in sorrel that helps with weight loss.
This acid discharge more amylase (an enzyme that helps you digest food) into the digestive system, which breaks down excess starch and sugar (calories) molecules in the body.
A regular intake of sorrel will improve weight gain.
2. Anti- cancer
The anthocyanin and antioxidant properties found in sorrel are known to prevent the development of cancer cells in the body.
3. Anti – inflammatory
The anti-inflammatory properties found in sorrel helps to neutralise the free radicals in our bodies that cause inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, stomach, and even cancer.
4. Lower blood pressure
Sorrel has antihypertensive properties that help to lower blood pressure. A research done at a university in Boston found that persons who drink a cup of sorrel daily saw a significant reduction in their blood pressure level in 30 days.
5. Good Vision
There is a high level of vitamin A that contributes to good vision.
6. Prevent heart disease
Sorrel helps to keep the heart healthy and prevents the development of the cardiovascular disease. The powerful antioxidant properties in the sorrel reduce the bad cholesterols in the body that develop into heart disease.
7. Prevent flu and cold
The sorrel is an ancient African remedy for cold and flu. The high vitamin C in sorrel can help to boost the immune system and help prevent the cold or flu.
8. Relief fever
Because of the ability to cool the body down, sorrel can also reduce the effect of fever.
9. Reduce menstrual cramps
Drinking sorrel tea a few days before your period starts can ease menstruation cramps.
The extract from the leaf has also shown to help with menstruation problems.
10. Relief constipation
Sorrel contains diuretic properties that increase bowel movement, which relieves constipation.
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