The health benefits claimed by Nettle tea have been relatively accepted for centuries.
Nettle is an herb commonly found in the Mediterranean. Abundant health-giving properties are found in the roots, leaves and seeds of the nettle.
It’s widely-believed that polysaccharides (complex sugars) and lectins (large protein-sugar molecules) are probably the active constituents of nettle.
And today, well-designed studies are beginning to confirm that certain traditional uses have of the nettle indeed have scientific validity.
When infused in boiling water, the roots and leaves give out the special healing properties and transfer them to the tea.
Many daily drinkers of this brew claim to feel its healthy properties being transferred to their bodies. Some seniors even believe that nettle tea is a cure-all for their arthritis.
The following are some more well-known health benefits of this brew:
- Helps in fighting coughs, tuberculosis and asthma.
- Counters arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and other disorders of the muscles and joints.
- Combats a variety of intestinal disorders.
- May help in alleviating skin problems.
- May aid in the treatment of allergies like eczema, and hay fever.
- Often used to treat urinary tract infections.
Some interesting facts about Nettle tea, did you know that:
Nettle tea is a rich source of potassium. This mineral plays an important role in conducting electricity in the body. Since the major organs of the body like the brain and heart cannot function without electricity, the role of electrolytes like potassium cannot be ignored. Read here to know more about Potassium.
Nettle tea is also a rich source of calcium. This mineral is vital to the maintenance and development of bones in the body. Inadequate intake of calcium may contribute to accelerated bone loss and the development of osteoporosis. Get more information on Calcium here.
Nettle tea has high levels of beta-carotene. A precursor of Vitamin A, beta-carotene contributes to the maintenance of good vision and protection from such eye diseases such as night blindness and cataract. Read more on Beta-carotene here.
Nettle tea is said to be helpful in the treatment of asthma. The plant’s seeming ability to fight allergic infections is what makes it a good ally against asthma. Go here for more info on other teas for asthma.
Nettle leaves are said to contain about 16 types of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and the abundance of these amino acids in the plant contribute to nettle’s high protein content. Studies have shown that nettle’s protein content may be as high as 25% (dry weight) which is quite high for a leafy green vegetable.