Here’s another “weed” that is actually a superfood

Yet another weed that most of us pull and throw away has been uncovered as a super healing wonder herb. A recent study has found nettle to potently kill breast cancer cells.

If you have nettles in the backyard we strongly recommend that you collect and use them as part of your daily diet. Not only are the roots and the young leafy tops of stinging nettle edible, they are also very good for you. You can cook them and eat as food, use as an extract or herbal tea. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) can supply your body with lots of beneficial nutrients.

A new study has found that stinging nettle potently kills breast cancer cells in Vitro: A hot water extract of stinging nettle leaves (Urtica Dioica) has proven to kill over 80% of human breast cancer cells (MCF-7) in vitro in this lab study, by inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). The extract was also a powerful antioxidant, with approximately double the antioxidant power of pure vitamin C. Stinging nettle has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years and it has been used to treat allergies, asthma, arthritis, gout, enlarged prostate, infections, hemorrhoids and even high blood sugar.

It is very popular in Brazil, Morocco, Turkey and the Middle East. Although research into the anticancer properties of stinging nettle is fairly new, it has been intensely researched for treating diabetes. It has been proven to control blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes in a recent clinical trial. Diabetic patients taking stinging nettle saw their blood sugar levels decrease in the fasting state as well as after eating. In the trial, the dose was 3 tea bags daily boiled in water for 20 minutes (2 grams of stinging nettle leaves per bag).
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cancer, so this is another way singing nettle may reduce cancer risk. (i) There are many medicinal uses of stinging nettle, to give you an idea just how amazing this weed is… nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments: rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, relieves menopausal symptoms, helps with menstrual cramps and bloating, hay fever, eczema, hair loss, iron-deficiency anemia, kidney and urinary problems, diarrhea and hemorrhoids. It helps break down kidney stones, reduces blood pressure, helps asthma sufferers, reduces inflammation, cures the common cold, reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash. It has also been shown to assist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Where to Get Nettle Leaves
Fresh Nettle Leaves – You shouldn’t have much trouble finding fresh nettle leaves as this nutrient dense superfood and healing herb grows wild in almost every corner of the world. It’s best to pick the Stinging nettles in the spring when the young shoots are 4 to 6 inches tall and before the plants flower. Please make sure when you pick your wild nettles that you don’t pick them in an area that has been exposed to pesticides, herbicides, or pollution. You can brew stinging nettle leaves in almost boiling water and drink daily. If you are taking medication from your doctor please check with your doctor before as nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals.




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