Health benefits of Jamaican sorrel. The bright red fruit is use to make our most popular Christmas time drink. Known for its great taste its also have great health benefits.
What is Jamaican Sorrel?
Firstly, let make is clear what Jamaican sorrel is not, because there are many confusion it gets mixed up with other plants.
Don’t confused Rumex acetosa or Rumex acetosella, which are also called sorrel, with Jamaican sorrel. These are leafy green herbs that resembles spinach and used in salad and other cuisines.
Some people also thinks 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 is use all over the world in a variety of cooking style, in Jamaican, we use the sorrel flower calyx to make sorrel drink, consumed at Christmas time.
Here are ten health benefits to drinking Jamaican sorrel drink.
1. Weight loss
Studies have suggested that there is acid in sorrel that helps with weight loss. The acid discharge amylase into the digestive system, which breaks down excess starch and sugar (calories) molecules in the body and 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 ant-inflammatory properties found in sorrel helps to neutralises the free radicals in our bodies that causes 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 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 is use to reduce the effect fever.
9. Reduce menstrual cramps
Drinking sorrel tea a few days before your period starts can ease menstruation cramps. The extract from the leaf is also shown to help with menstruation problems.
10. Relief constipation
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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