What is Burdock?
You’ve been wondering about the health benefits of Burdock. Here we’re going to tell you exactly what they are. You’re going to want to add this root vegetable to your diet. It’s amazing just how much it will improve your health.
Most of you probably have never heard of burdock before. You’re going to want to pay a visit to your local health food store. That’s where you’ll find this amazing food and so many others. The best way to prevent disease is by taking care of yourself. That’s why adding foods such as burdock to your diet is so vital.
Burdock has a good reputation as a medicinal plant because it is excellent in the prevention and treatment of various health problems.
Burdock (Arctium lappa L., A. majus Bernh., Asteraceae) is a biennial plant that can grow up to 150 cm. Burdock root is a big, juicy and up to 60 cm long.
The burdock root contains 27-45% of inulin, substances such as xyloglucan and acidic xylan (total 69% polysaccharides). Burdock root also contain essential oils, 0.06 to 0.18%, which has 66 components of which are pharmacologically most important sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpene lactones. Additionally it containing polyenes (sulfur compounds), 1.9 to 3.65% of polyphenol compounds including caffeic acid andchlorogenic.
Butyrolactones such Arctigenin and its glycoside arctiin so far has not been found in the fruit, so in the burdock root was only proved the presence of these compounds. Large burdock operates slightly hypoglycemic (reduces blood sugar levels), stimulates the liver and bile secretion, works against bacteria (staphylococci, streptococci) and regulates the secretion of fat in the skin.
Burdock is also high in vitamin B6. This is an important vitamin on many different levels. The very first thing is mood. You’ll find yourself feeling better and sharper thanks to vitamin B6. Your brain function will be greatly improved by making sure that you have this vitamin in your diet. Women will find benefits from this vitamin as well. It helps regulate hormones in the body. Meaning that PMS may be a little easier to deal with if you have a diet rich in B6.
Burdock root nutrition facts (cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)
There’s something else you should know about burdock. It’s low in calories. That 100 gram portion we’ve been talking about only has 72 calories. Which means it’s great for people on a diet. That’s just another reason why you should eat this root vegetable regularly. Along with the fact that it has several other minerals also. Minerals such as copper, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.
In some studies that has been done on animals, burdock has shown antitumor effects. Burdock is good for the liver health. It helps to recover damaged liver and in cleanse of the blood. It can be classified as diuretic. It encourages sweating and urination, and generally contributes to cleaning the body.
Burdock plays an important role and in regulating blood sugar levels. Burdock contains inulin, which works well against diabetes.
Burdock oil is great for your hair. Gives hair shine and healthy look. The oil is made from the roots of this plant.
Did you know that burdock root is loaded with potassium? It has almost as much potassium as bananas. Just one 100 gram serving has 9% of your daily required potassium. Why is this so important?
Potassium is needed to maintain a healthy heart. Your ticker needs it to be strong. We all know that heart disease is the number one killer in America. The rates are climbing in other parts of the world also. That’s why you should be considered about the health of your heart.
In traditional Chinese medicine, dry burdock seed is used for cold and cough.
Burdock has purple flowers on a long stalk. The leaves are long, oval and with prominent veins.
The root is light brown in color. It usually grows near roads, ditches and abandoned fields.
Preparations available in the market are mainly from the root.
Burdock root, in the first year of his growth, can be for medical purposes. Burdock root is also used in traditional imbalance of the liver, various liver diseases, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, and even slightly higher blood sugar.
It’s all about the heart
The main reason you want a diet rich in B6 is for your heart. Studies have shown that B6 lowers homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that damages cells that line arteries. It’s important to realize that you need to use every potential weapon in your arsenal to fight against heart disease. It’s not something to fool around with.
No one is saying that burdock root is going to prevent heart disease in everyone. The important thing to realize that it’s part of the solution. There is no one thing you can do to prevent heart disease entirely. Not smoking is probably the only one thing that you can truly do that will lower your overall odds of heart disease.
Burdock for Detoxifying
Burdock will help in detoxifying the liver that we should do several times a year.
Detoxification is recommended after the holiday period, after a period of taking antibiotics, when we notice that our skin is dry and red…
Burdock is also used for eyes and their constant inflammation. We can strengthen them by cleansing the liver.
Also, if we feel drained and tired, the burdock root is the right choice!
By strengthening the liver, we will balance our health and body so it will become more able to absorb minerals and vitamins from the food we eat and bring oxygen to the cells. That way we get rid of the feeling of tiredness, muscle pains and lose weight.
Burdock root is also used in various liver diseases, problems with high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, and even slightly higher blood sugar.
Burdock tea: on the chopped root pour boiling water and leave to simmer for 3 minutes. When burdock root tea is cooked leave it for 10-15 minutes to rest. Drink it sweetened with honey several times a day.
You can make burdock oil: on fresh root pour pure alcohol and leave in a closed container to stand for 15 days. In the mix add olive oil and leave it all covered with gauze to stand for another 4 weeks. Alcohol will eventually evaporate, and then strain the mixture and store in a cool place.Burdock can be used as a hair lotion: On fresh burdock root pour boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. After cooking, add apple cider vinegar and chopped onion. Leave it to stand for a whole day, and then strain. Apply lotion on your head and let it sit for an hour, then rinse. Repeat this procedure as long as necessary.
Researches and references
Burdock. Review of Natural Products. factsandcomparisons4. 2005. Available from Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Accessed April 16, 2007.