The Health Benefits of Rhubarb for Alzheimer, Inflammation, Bones and More
By Renu M
Rhubarb is regarded as fruit but botanically it is said to be a vegetable! But no matter what family it belongs to, it sure is good for our health!
Rhubarbs are long pink sour leaf stalks. They are generally grown in cold climate. You can find rhubarb in Tibet Western China, Mongolia, Siberia and its neighboring areas. Its nickname is pie plant. Relative of buckwheat, rhubarb has a sour and earthy flavor.
You can get rhubarb both in canned or frozen forms. But rhubarb is never eaten raw—you need to either cook it or juice it before you consume it. But remember to consume only rhubarb stalks as the leaves are poisonous.
When juice is extracted from rhubarb, it is generally consumed raw. To make it tasty, you should mix it with some other juice.
Rhubarb juice contains high dose of important minerals like potassium, phosphorus, sodium, copper and zinc. It also contains good amount of Vitamin B-complex.
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Rhubarb is full of nutrients. A half cup of diced rhubarb contains:
Carbohydrate 3 gm
Dietary fiber 1 gm
Sugar 1 gm
Protein 1 gm
Small amount of calcium and Vitamin A and C
Top 13 Health Benefits Of Rhubarb Juice:
That’s quite something, isn’t it? Including many nutrients, it’s no wonder that rhubarb has many benefits to offer. Some of the rhubarb juice benefits are:
1. Alzheimer Disease:
Rhubarb juice contains Vitamin K which is important for brain development. Vitamin K is essential to stop neuronal damage in the brain. Drinking rhubarb juice is beneficial in preventing and delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (1).
3. Anti Inflammation:
4. Bone Strength:
As mentioned before, rhubarb stalks contain vitamin K, which is essential for bone development. Rhubarb juice is the best option for people suffering from osteoporosis and other bone disorder. It not only contains vitamin K but is also rich in calcium, which is much needed for bone growth and development (4).
Rhubarb contains low level of saturated fats and sodium, which helps in reducing high cholesterol level (5).
The stem and root of rhubarb have been found to have anthraquinone, a compound, which is laxative in nature and helps the digestion process run smoothly. People suffering from diarrhea or constipation can drink rhubarb juice to get relief (6).
7. Digestive Health:
Rhubarb contains astringent properties, which makes an effective tonic for your digestive system. This prevents intestinal health issues, improves peristaltic movements, help ease chronic constipation too (7).
8. Cuts Cancer Risk:
From ages, traditional Chinese medicine has been using rhubarbs to cure various ailments. Rhubarb has anti-tumor properties. It also contains Aloe-emodin, which along with Rhein, is used in medicine to kill tumor cells. Rhubarb juice is beneficial for those patients who want to recover from gastric cancer. It also helps fast recovery post-surgery (8).
Rhubarb contains stilbenoid, which helps in reducing blood sugar level (9).
Rhubarb contains an ingredient called cholagogue, which helps to promote good digestive health (10).
Rhubarb is a good source of Vitamin C. This vitamin plays a vital role in strengthening the body’s immune system (11).
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12. Liver Health:
Rhubarb root is helpful for liver growth and drinking its juice can help reduce hepatitis B (12).
13. Improves Vision:
The juice of rhubarb contains a good amount of Vitamin A, which helps in improving the vision (13).
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many more benefits that one can derive from drinking hubarb juice. Make this nutritious vegetable a part of your daily routine and live a healthy, fit life!
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