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Sorrel is loved by many for its specific taste. It is rich in composition and has many beneficial properties. It is used not only in cooking, but also for medical purposes and in cosmetology.
In this article, we will try to tell you in detail and interestingly about what exactly sorrel is useful for the fair sex.
What is good for the body?
Sorrel has a rich composition. In addition to vitamins and trace elements, sorrel contains essential acidsthat are important for women's health. Many of them not only help build new muscle fibers, burn fat, but also contribute to the normal functioning of the reproductive system.
It is important to ensure the intake of essential acids into the body, since they are not synthesized by the human body on its own. Their lack can provoke malfunctions in the body.
Fresh sorrel helps to normalize metabolism, remove toxins and toxins, and improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. All this contributes to the reduction of excess weight.
Young sorrel leaves are recommended for breastfeeding... After all, it contains a large amount of useful substances that help to strengthen the body not only of the mother, but also of the child. First of all, these are essential acids and essential oils, as well as vitamins of group C, E, K, and B9. Of the minerals for a nursing woman, iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium are especially useful.
All these substances help a woman to restore the body after childbirth, strengthen immunity, increase lactation and improve the quality of milk.
Pregnant women need to provide the body with an intake of folic acid, which helps the normal course of pregnancy, as well as the correct development of the fetus. Sorrel contains 35 mcg of folate... In addition, it contains many vitamins, as well as micro and macro elements.
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Sorrel contains a lot of potassium salt of oxalic acid - 3.6 g per 100 g. It also contains citric and malic acids, proteins - 2.0 g, fats - 0.7 g, carbohydrates - 3.2 g, fiber - 2.9 g, flavonoids, sugars, tannins, ash - 1.4 g, vitamins, organic acids - 0.7 g, as well as microelements and macronutrients.
Sorrel contains a lot of vitamin C - 47 mg... It helps to strengthen the immune system, and also takes part in almost all biochemical processes in the body. Vitamin K in sorrel is responsible for blood coagulation and is involved in the growth of bone tissue.
B vitamins help the normal functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, strengthen the immune system, participate in the formation of cells, contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system and improve the functioning of the intestines.
- A (beta-carotene) - 2.5 mcg.
- C (ascorbic acid) - 47 mg.
- E (tocopherol) - 1.9 mg.
- K (phyllokhtnon) - 0.6 mg.
- B1 (thiamine) - 0.06 mg.
- B2 (riboflavin) - 0.16 mg.
- B6 (pyridoxine) - 0.2 mg.
- B7 (biotin) - 0.6 mcg.
- B9 (folic acid) - 13.0 mcg.
- K (phylloquinone) - 45.0 mcg.
- PP (nicotinic acid) - 0.3-0.5 mg.
reference... Vitamin PP refers to substances that are not synthesized in the body, so they must come from outside. It participates in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates, and also takes part in protein metabolism and helps to reduce the level of bad cholesterol, improves blood circulation, strengthens the heart, and also improves memory.
- Calcium - 54 mg.
- Potassium - 362 mg.
- Sodium - 4 mg.
- Magnesium - 41 mg.
- Phosphorus - 71 mg.
- Sulfur - 20 mcg.
- Chlorine - 70 mg.
Potassium and magnesium are essential for heart health... Calcium and phosphorus help to strengthen bones, nails and hair. Sodium helps regulate neuromuscular activity.
Sulfur prevents tissue oxidation, ensures the transfer of genetic information, and also helps cleanse the blood and lymph from toxins and toxins.
- Iodine - 3 mcg.
- Copper - 0.2 mg.
- Manganese - 0.35 mcg.
- Iron - 2.4 mg.
- Zinc - 0.5 mg.
- Fluorine - 70 mcg.
Iodine helps the thyroid gland to function properly. It is also beneficial for the endocrine and central nervous system. Copper is involved in the functioning of the brain and metabolism.
Iron is part of hemoglobin, its deficiency provokes anemia, in which all organs suffer from a lack of oxygen. Zinc stimulates the production of sex hormones, normalizes the work of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, testes and ovaries.
Can it be harmful to health?
Sorrel should not be used for exacerbation of pancreatitis and gastritis, as well as for ulcers. Still, you can not often use the leaves of this plant for gout, polyarthritis, with the presence of stones in the gallbladder or kidneys, as well as with a tendency to form them. Indeed, they contain oxalic acid, which can lead to the accumulation of calculi and to a violation of the water-salt balance.
However, there will be no harm when eating very young leaves fresh and in small quantities. Oxalic acid is found in large quantities only in old leaves of the plant..
Foods that have undergone heat treatment should be avoided, since when exposed to high temperatures, the amount of oxalic acid tends to increase.
How to apply for medical purposes?
Due to the fact that sorrel contains a lot of nutrients, the plant has a large number of useful properties:
- Helps in the treatment of sore throat.
- Eliminates constipation and improves digestion.
- Eliminates inflammatory processes in the oral cavity.
- Breaks down and removes fats from the body.
- Treats stomatitis.
- It is the prevention of ARVI.
- Improves the flow of bile.
- Accelerates regeneration in case of damage to the skin.
- Heals ulcers and pustular neoplasms.
- Promotes the enrichment of the body with vitamins.
- Helps in the prevention of anemia and improves blood loss.
The list of the listed beneficial properties of the plant is far from complete, since it can help with very different problems.
To prepare the broth, you will need 50 g of plant roots, which should be poured with one liter of boiling water and cooked over low heat for about three minutes. Then you need to infuse the broth for two hours, then strain it and pour it into a bowl of warm water. Take a sitz bath for 15-20 minutes... Repeat the procedure at night every day for at least a week.
With menopause, sorrel juice is used, which helps to cope with ailments such as pressure surges, hot flashes, headache, irritability, uterine bleeding. To prepare a healing infusion, pour boiling water over one tablespoon of dried leaves and leave for about an hour. The finished infusion should be divided into three doses and taken daily for seven days, each time 30 minutes before meals.
Folic acid, which is found in sorrel leaves, will help reduce the discomfort a woman experiences during PMS. Try to eat more young sorrel leaves... You can also make juice from them, which should be diluted one to one with water before use.
Sorrel not only helps to strengthen the immune system of the mother and baby, but also significantly improves the composition of breast milk and increases lactation.
In the first month after the birth of the baby, it is better to refrain from using it, since he still has an immature digestive tract. It is necessary to start introducing this plant into the diet of a nursing woman gradually with small doses, while observing the child's reaction.
Fresh sorrel leaves (500 g) or dry (100 g) need to be poured with a liter of boiling water and insisted for at least an hour. Pour the finished infusion into a bath of warm water and take it for 15-20 minutes. Carry out the procedure daily until complete recovery.
For weight loss, a special oxalic diet is used with a balanced diet. According to her, all dishes must be steamed, in the oven or by boiling.
All fried, smoked, sweet and rich foods are excluded from the diet. It is recommended to eat fish, poultry, more fermented milk products, vegetables, fruits, herbs and especially young sorrel.
How to apply for cosmetic purposes?
Sorrel is used for both facial skin and hair... In cosmetology, it is used for masks that cleanse the skin well, heal wounds and have an anti-inflammatory effect. They also promote gentle skin whitening and are used to lighten pigmentation. Masks made from this plant are suitable for all skin types.
Mix one tablespoon of sorrel leaves crushed to a mushy state with the same amount of yarrow leaves, as well as one tablespoon of oatmeal. Pour boiling water over and, after cooling, apply on face for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
Purifying mask for acne
Mix one tablespoon of chopped sorrel leaves with the same amount of dried chamomile or calendula flowers. Pour one glass of boiling water over and simmer for five minutes. Cool, strain and apply the resulting gruel to the skin for 10 minutes... After that, the mask should be washed off with a decoction diluted with water.
Mix one tablespoon of chopped sorrel leaves with yogurt and add 15-20 drops of vitamin E. Mix well and apply to the skin. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
From age spots
Squeeze the sorrel juice and mix it with the same amount of dandelion juice. Wipe the pigmented areas of the skin several times a day.
Horse sorrel roots are used for hair care... It is used for the following purposes:
- Nourishes hair.
- Eliminates fat content.
- Repairs damaged hair.
- Eliminates scalp itching in case of allergies, psoriasis or neurodermatitis.
The hair is rinsed with a decoction after shampooing. It is prepared from five tablespoons of horse sorrel roots and two liters of water.
Sorrel is useful for people who have no contraindications. It is worth remembering that it is advisable to eat only the young leaves of the plant, they are safe for health, since they contain little oxalic acid.