Sorrel Leaf Benefits

 
10-Aug-2011 by

Sorrel leaf benefitsSorrel leaf is native to Europe and is commonly known as spinach dock. Even though it is a leafy vegetable, it is  used more as an herb. This tender plant can be grown in pots or in your garden easily. The leaves are oblong with narrow heads and hence sorrel leaves are called narrow leaved dock. Sorrel leaf benefits are many. Read on to get a gist of the same…

 

 

 

 

 

Sorrel Leaf Health Benefits

Even though sorrel leaf benefits on health do not have any published evidence in support, it is much sought after by naturalists for curing many ailments.

  • Contains plenty of vitamin C and hence can cure scurvy and other deficiencies of vitamin C like bleeding gums, general weakness, skin eruptions etc.
  • Sorrel leaves also contain anthraquinones, which are main constituent of laxatives and hence the leaves have potential to stimulate gastrointestinal movements. Traditional herbal medicine uses these leaves as a laxative.
  • Leaves increase secretion of mucus and water in the intestine adding bulk to stools and thereby promoting bowel movements.
  • Sorrel leaf is a potent antioxidant.
  • It has anti carcinogenic as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Use leaves for treating mild flu, cold, sore throat, etc.

 

Culinary Uses of Sorrel Leaf

Sorrel leaf benefits are not restricted to health alone; rather it is used more often in culinary pursuits. The high vitamin C content gives it a tangy flavor. It can be added to salads, salsas for a healthy treat. Sorrel is an integral part of the Jewish dish, schav. Sorrel leaves can be used in a myriad of ways. They can b pureed and added to soups, salads, sauces etc. They are added along with spinach, lettuce in open sandwiches. The sharp taste that sorrel leaf imparts is due to presence of oxalic acid and hence care should be taken to use with discretion.

 

Sorrel leaf has therapeutic as well as culinary uses. Try out some of these sorrel recipes at ifood.tv for a herbilicious experience.

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