Rhubarb has been around for thousands of years in China and 400 years ago it was first used in the UK, and it has lots of wonderful health benefits. Rhubarb prevents Alzheimer's disease, helps with weight loss, It's great for digestion, lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol, prevents cancer, prevents osteoporosis, and helps with skin problems. Plus Rhubarb also is great for the eyes, helps with menopause, and so much more.
Where it Grows - Rhubarb grows in the US, Europe, Asia, Arabia, China, Japan, Russia, and anywhere that has a moderate climate. And it will even grow in tropical areas.
Other Names - Also called Rheum rhabarbarum and it's part of the Polygonaceae family.
Parts Used - The red stakes are used. The green leaves are poisonous.
Freezing - The red stakes can be cut into pieces and place in a plastic bag and remove the air and it will keep for a very long time in the freezer.
Taste - The taste is kind of like a tart green apple and many people add sweeteners to it to make it even more delectable. Strawberry Rhubarb pie is wonderful.
Stalks can be Cooked or Eaten Raw - The stalks are great if cut up and cooked and used in jams, jellies, pies, cobblers, and other desserts. And the raw stalks can be cut up and dipped in honey and they are really tasty. The stalks can also be used in savory dishes such as soups, stews, and other spicy recipes.
Making Rhubarb Tea - Cut up the raw stalks and place them in a cup and add boiling water and steep for 15 minutes and drink... Wonderful!
Lowers Blood Sugar - Rhubarb contains stilbenoid compounds which help to lower blood glucose which makes it great for diabetics.
Great for Weight Loss - Rhubarb only contains 21 calories for every 100 grams of Rhubarb. And it contains agents that increase our metabolism so we lose weight.
Rich in Fiber - Rhubarb contains lots of good fiber that creates a good environment for the growth of probiotic bacteria in our gut thus boosting up our immune system.
Helps Prevent Heart Disease - The more fiber a food has the more it lowers cholesterol and thus helps to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Helps with Cholesterol - Because Rhubarb contains lots of fiber it also helps to lower cholesterol and it also increases good cholesterol to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer.
Great for Anemia - Rhubarb contains copper and iron and thus helps to prevent anemia and move oxygen through the body.
Contains - Rhubarb contains lots of Vitamin K to prevent excessive clotting, Vitamin C for boosting up our immune system, protein, B-Vitamins for vitality and good mood. Lots of calcium for strong bones, potassium for water regulation, and manganeses and magnesium for enzyme production.
Natural Hair Dye - To make your hair a light brown color take 3 tablespoons of Rhubarb Root powder and bring it to a boil for 15 minutes, strain, and let sit overnight. Then rise your hair in this and you will have light brown hair.
Reduces Stress - Rhubarb has long been known to help with stress and tension.
Prevents Osteoporosis - Rhubarb contains lots of Vitamin K which plays a role in building up bone density and preventing osteoporosis.
Great for Eye Health - Rhubarb contains lutein and zeaxanthin for preventing macular degeneration.
Lots of Antioxidants - Rhubarb contains lots of Betacarotene, Vitamin C, and other flavonoids that help to prevent DNA damage and repair DNA damage and thus prevent disease.
Improves Digestion - Rhubarb because of all it's good fiber heals constipation, gets rid of gas, heals cramps, and even helps to prevent colon cancer.
Prevents Cancer - Rhubarb contains lots of polyphenol compounds like those found in green tea, flavonoids, and other powerful antioxidants that help to prevent cancer.
Prevents Alzheimer's Disease - Rhubarb contains Vitamin K which helps to prevent the oxidization of brain tissue and thus helps to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Great for Menopause - If you are going through menopause or your menopausal symptoms are coming on early then eat Rhubarb because it contains agents that help with the symptoms of menopause.
Anti-Fungal and Antibacterial - Rhubarb is also a powerful antimicrobial agent that helps with bacterial and fungal infections.
Prevents Wrinkles and Lines - Eating Rhubarb which contains lots of antioxidants helps to prevent wrinkles and facial lines.
Clean Your Pots and Pans - If your pots are burnt looking try using Rhubarb to clean your pots and pans and they will look new again. It really works!
Roots are a Laxative - In Traditional Chinese Medicine the roots have been used for thousands of years for treating constipation as a laxative.
The Leaves Make a Wonderful Natural Insecticide - Boil a bunch of Rhubarb Leaves in a pot, then strain, then add some couple teaspoons of dish soap and spray this on plants to kill aphids, caterpillars, and slugs.
Side Effects - There are no side effects if taken in moderation. But those who are pregnant, nursing, or young children should not take rhubarb. Rhubarb stalks do contain a very small amount of oxalic acid as with kidney beans and other foods. But if you are sensitive to oxalic acid then you should avoid this food.
Finding - Any supermarket will have fresh Rhubarb.
Recipes - Google "Rhubarb Recipes" and lots of wonderful ways to use this veggie will come up. It can be used in spirits, on fish, on pork, in soups, stews, jams, jellies, made into a chutney, cobbler, made into fruit leather, and lots of great ways to eat Rhubarb.
Remember to Eat Organic - Regular Rhubarb can contain up to 6 cancer-causing chemicals, 12 hormone-disrupting chemicals, and 10 other disease-causing chemicals. Eat Organic and Stay Healthy!
Many Blessings to Everyone
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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