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Sporgy takes its time in perfecting a balance of energy and harmony for our Mush Love Sun Tea. The wild Stinging Nettle is an ingredient we cherish, for it is an abundance of goodness to one’s body.
The Stinging Nettle has been used as herbal medicine for ages. Egyptians used it to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman armies rubbed it on themselves to stay warm during the night. Its scientific name, Urtica dioica, comes from the Latin word uro, which means “to burn,” because its raw leaves can cause a temporary burning sensation upon contact. The raw leaves have hair-like structures that sting and produce itching and redness. However, once the leaves have been dried or cooked, stinging nettle can be safely consumed, without the worry of any burn.
Researchers have found several health benefits within its perfectly balanced, wide variety of nutrients. It contains Vitamins A, C and K, as well as a ton of B vitamins. The minerals are also very abundant, containing calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Stinging nettle contains all of the essential amino acids as well as all of the essential fatty-acids.
Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory
Many of these nutrients take the role of an antioxidant, which help defend your cells against potential damage from free radicals. Free radical damage can lead to pre-mature aging, cancers and other harmful diseases. Another role it plays is reducing inflammation. Consuming stinging nettles has been proven to relieve inflammatory conditions, like arthritis.
Lower Blood Pressure
Alas, stinging nettle traditionally is used to treat high blood pressure. It can stimulate nitric oxide production, which relaxes the muscles of your blood vessels, helping them to widen. Also, its compounds act as calcium channel blockers, which relax your heart by reducing the force of contractions. Studies have found that stinging nettle lowers sugar levels naturally by mimicking the effect of insulin.
Surprisingly, studies have also found the nettles to reduce excessive bleeding, especially after surgery, protect your liver from damage of heavy metals and inflammation, and act as a natural diuretic, helping your body shed excess salt and water, lowering your blood pressure.
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