The harm and benefit of sorrel for the body

The use of sorrel is known to Slavic peoples for a long time: who doesn’t love the famous soup seasoned with sour cream? Everyone knows that the dock is useful, but not everyone will respond to what organs it has a beneficial effect. When did you take this plant in gourmet dishes and why he must certainly have?

The history of plants

Use sorrel for the body first became evident to the French. On the tables of noble, bourgeois and even the kings of this plant began to appear from the 12th century. East Slavs, by contrast, was long considered this herb are unfit for food and kept as a weed.

It is noteworthy that this “weed” actually has a high resistance: it grows almost all over the world. Of the 200 species in food actually can be used two – horse and sour sorrel.

The chefs quickly adapted and invented not only soup, but also all sorts of salad recipes, pancakes, and learned how to make the plants filling for pies.

Not remained aloof and masters of folk medicine. After many experiments and observations they found that this plant helps fight against many diseases.Among the people immediately began to spread homemade recipes based on sorrel, which are used in various ailments. Why sorrel is such a useful product?


Use sorrel for the body no doubt. First of all this dietary product. It is perfectly possible to maintain a protein diet, because this “weed” is really more of proteins than carbohydrates or fats.

The use of sorrel is due to its rich vitamin composition, comprising:

provitamin a;

vitamin C;

b vitamins;

vitamin E;

vitamin PP.

This vitamin cocktail is also supplemented with minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. In Savelevich leaves contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium. And of course, not to mention a number of organic acids: coffee, oxalic, citric and malic. This plant is rich in flavonoids and tannins.

All of this long list of useful components that make up sorrel leaves, leading to many useful properties that they possess.

Which diseases can be healed?

Sorrel, the benefits and harms which become the subject of discussion not only traditional healers, but of doctors, it is willingly used in everyday life as a means of dealing with many problems:

Cholecystitis, the human liver. Sorrel leaves are rich in hrizofanovoj acid, stimulate the liver and production of bile.

Violations of bowel function. All the same hrizofanovaya acid can effectively get rid of constipation. But the tannins of the plant are saving in some cases diarrhea.

Bleeding. The leaves of sorrel excellent job stopping the bleeding. They can be applied outside the wound, and internal bleeding is best taken orally in the form of decoctions.

Boils, dermatitis. Unique juice of the plant is suitable for processing the skin: it speeds up the healing of ulcers and resorption of boils. Help sorrel juice and dermatitis.

Menstrual and menopausal syndromes. The Persian scholar Avicenna proposed to use oxalic broths for a few days before menstruation to reduce their pain and mobility. Suited and decoctions for the treatment of menopausal syndrome, reducing anxiety and eliminating many unpleasant symptoms of menopause.

Popular recipes

As a cholagogue, as well as a remedy for constipation good sorrel juice which you should drink 3 times a day on a tablespoon. Also for normalization of stool you can use a decoction of the rhizomes of the plant. A decoction is prepared by a standard recipe: a tablespoon of chopped herbs pour hot water (250 ml) and boil half an hour; then to insist, strain and drink a quarter Cup 3 times a day.

The use of sorrel with menopause and menstrual syndrome becomes obvious if sorrel decoction to drink in higher doses – 100 ml half an hour before Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Few people know, but in rhinitis and sinusitis sorrel juice is also effective. A few drops in each nostril can drip and a decoction of the root of sorrel.

Rheumatism will save oxalic alcoholate. To prepare 20 g of oxalic rhizomes pour 10-15 ml of vodka. 10 days to insist the mixture in a dark and warm place, then strain and take 20 drops several times a day for a few minutes before eating.

Sorrel – blood-purifying plant

The use of sorrel lies in its ability to cleanse the blood. This property of plants can be very helpful for any disease, starting with allergies and ending with dysentery. Purified and fortified blood will speed up the process of recovery from any illness.

Broth for blood purification prepared is quite simple: 1 tablespoon crushed plant pour 2 cups of hot water, and then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Broth infuse for an hour, while the vessel in which he will stand, should be covered with a towel. Before use, you need to filter the infusion.

To drink a decoction of sorrel need in 15 minutes before meals, preferably 4 times a day, a quarter Cup.

Sorrel: the benefits and harms. Contraindications

To use every, even the most useful product, there are always contraindications. So sorrel: the benefits and harms, and contraindications have this plant.

In the spring, when seedbeds only appear the first leaves, the level of oxalic acid in them is low. So the plant is not dangerous for the kidneys. But the older the leaves the more oxalic acid. Getting in large quantities in the human body, it reacts chemically with calcium and is deposited in the kidneys as stones and sand.

Also the high acid content in this plant makes the sorrel to exclude from the diet all those people who are sick with gastritis, ulcers, or suffer from acidity of the stomach. It is not recommended to eat for pregnant women.

Nutritionists tend to assume that oxalic acid, subjected to heat treatment, it is difficult to be recycled by the body. Therefore, the sorrel is more useful still fresh.

Interesting facts

Sorrel, the benefits and harms which are discussed by nutritionists, is used in food since ancient times not only by the French. Greeks, Dutch, Germans, Bulgarians have taken to the plant sour.

In Russia the plant has started to add in meals only in the 16th century. And people didn’t call him sorrel: following the example of their ancestors, the Eastern Slavs continued in the speech to mention the plant as “wild beet” or “red Apple”.

Due to the fact that its leaves resemble the shape of a spear, Latin for a plant called Rumex .

Sorrel, use and contraindications to the use of which is still not fully appreciated, is still a regular on our dining table. Need to use it anyway, but preferably in fresh form, while respecting the norm.

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