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Protects against heart disease and promotes weight loss: What to eat for healthy body

Protects against heart disease and promotes weight loss: What to eat for healthy body The benefits of sorrel for health (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Spring allows us to make our diet more diverse. When cooking, people use greens, including sorrel. As it turned out, it is very useful for health, so it should be in the daily diet, according to the Dietetycy website.

Benefits for the intestine

A healthy intestine is one of the foundations of good health. Therefore, you should include as many products as possible in your diet that will support intestinal functions.

Fiber provides a long-lasting feeling of satiety and prevents ailments such as bloating or constipation. 100 g of sorrel contains 2.9 g of fiber.

Regular fiber intake can help prevent cardiovascular disease, as well as improve insulin sensitivity, and prevent spikes in blood glucose levels after meals.

Sorrel contains calcium-binding compounds and substances called tannins. This makes sorrel useful in the treatment of diarrhea.

Aid in the treatment of hypertension

100 g of sorrel contains 333 mg of potassium. The right amount of potassium in the diet can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene prevent aging. Vitamin A reduces macular degeneration and cataracts.

100 g of sorrel contains 2.5 mcg of beta-carotene.

Effect on the immune system

Sorrel also contains vitamin C. The right level of vitamin C plays a key role in the formation of immunity.

In addition, sorrel is a source of antioxidants responsible for neutralizing free radicals. Antioxidants can help prevent many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Promotes weight loss

Sorrel promotes regular bowel movements and weight loss due to its fiber content. Its dietary fiber helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Fiber-rich foods also make you feel full, which helps with weight loss and weight control.

When to avoid eating sorrel

You should not eat sorrel when you have one of the following conditions:

  • gastritis, ulcers, and heartburn, as the leaves contain a lot of acid
  • gout and high levels of uric acid in the blood
  • kidney stones and other kidney diseases

Also, it is not recommended to eat sorrel for children under 5 years old.

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