Read on to find out about the surprising health benefits of rhubarb root – anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, menopause relief, etc.
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Many have fallen in love with the tangy flavor of rhubarb used to make
pie and jam, but the reddish stalks (which are actually classified as a
vegetable, not a fruit) are only one part of this amazing perennial plant.
The root has also been prized for its medicinal properties since ancient
times. Traditional Chinese medicine, in particular, values rhubarb root as
a balancing tonic for your digestive system.
The following are some of the health benefits of rhubarb root (also watch
this Video HERE):
A Natural Digestive Wonder Herb
When taken in small quantities, rhubarb has an astringent effect on your
digestive system, which means it causes tissues to contract.
It helps to purge your bowel of its contents while also cleansing the bowel
and removing any bacteria and toxins that might be irritating your
Its astringent properties also make it valuable for alleviating
hemorrhoids and inflamed mucous membranes, as well as helping with
internal gastrointestinal bleeding.
When taken in larger doses, rhubarb has laxative properties and is known
as a natural treatment for chronic constipation due to its natural stimulant
and purging actions. However, itâ€™s also used traditionally to help relieve
diarrhea, as its astringent properties may help draw water from your
Rhubarb root also helps tone your colon, encouraging healthy function,
contraction and elimination.
Rhubarb contains polyphenol chemicals that may kill or prevent the
growth of cancer cells.
Research has shown that eating rhubarb stalks (particularly rhubarb that
has been baked for 20 minutes) may help to fight cancer, but the root is
also receiving attention for its anti-cancer properties.
Anthraquinones, one of the bioactive family of components in rhubarb
root, are known to inhibit cellular proliferation, induction of apoptosis, and
prevention of metastasis in cancer cells.