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Arctium Lappa

Known as Burdock.

Uses.

Treatment of fever, infection, cancer, fluid retention and kidney stones. Effectiveness and safety for these have not been adequately evaluated. In addition, burdock has been used topically to cleanse the skin and treat dandruff.

Contain polipohenomic acids

Burdock roots, young shoots, peeled stalks, and dried seeds contain numerous compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.

The root is very low in calories; provide about 72 calories per 100 g. Burdock is a good source of non-starch polysaccharides such as inulin, glucoside-lappin, mucilage, etc., that help act as a laxative. Additionally, inulin acts as prebiotic and helps reduce blood-sugar level, weight and cholesterol levels in the blood.

Burdock root is especially containing good amounts of electrolyte potassium (308 mg or 6.5% of daily-required levels per 100 g root) and low in sodium.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

This herb root contains small quantities of many vital vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, vitamin-E, and vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. Both vitamin C and E are powerful natural antioxidants help the human body stave off infections, cancer and neurologic conditions.

Furthermore, it also contains some valuable minerals such as iron, manganese, magnesium; and small amounts of zinc, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus. It contains certain diuretic principles, which help expel toxic products from the blood through urine.

The herb is employed in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, skin dryness…etc. The plant parts have been used as an herbal remedy for liver and gall bladder complaints. Effusion of burdock seeds has been used for throat and chest ailments. Burdock leaves and stems, in addition to their use as a vegetable, have appetite stimulant and are a good remedy for dyspeptic complaints.

People take burdock to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis. Burdock is also used for high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), and liver disease. Some people use burdock to increase sex drive. Burdock is applied to the skin for dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, and eczema, Fluid retention, Fever, Anorexia, Stomach conditions, Gout, Acne. and Severely dry skin.

Burdock root (A.lappa), raw, Nutrition value

per 100 g (Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Energy

72 Kcal

3.50%

Carbohydrates

17.34 g

13%

Protein

1.53 g

3%

Total Fat

0.15 g

<1%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

3.3 g

8%

Folates

23 jjg

6%

Niacin

0.300 mg

2%

Pantothenic acid

0.321 mg

6%

Pyridoxine

0.240 mg

18%

Riboflavin

0.30 mg

2%

Thiamin

0.010 mg

1%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

3 mg

5%

Vitamin E

0.38 mg

2.50%

Vitamin K

1-6 ug

1%

Electrolytes

Sodium

5 mg

<1%

Potassium

308 mg

6.50%

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Calcium

41 mg

4%

Iron

0.80 mg

10%

Magnesium

38 mg

9%

Manganese

0.232 mg

10%

Phosphorus

51 mg

7%

Selenium

0.7 mg

1%

Zinc

0.33 mg

3%



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