Latin name: Rhuem rhaponticum
Health Benefits of Rhubarb Root
The primary use of rhubarb root as an herbal medicine is an astringent, cleansing, positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system. Rhubarb is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. Health benefits include:
- High vitamin K content helps you maintain strong, healthy bones, which can help prevent osteoporosis.
- High vitamin K also helps with blood clotting.
- The vitamin A in rhubarb may also help to fight free radicals that cause skin damage and premature aging, keeping your skin looking youthful.
- High in antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
- Rhubarb is an excellent source of fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol. Helps lower bad cholesterol as well as total cholesterol, which reduces your risk of heart disease.
- Anti-inflammatory properties.
- The fiber in rhubarb helps keep things moving through your digestive tract, preventing problems such as constipation.
- Also contains compounds called sennosides, which act as natural laxatives.
- The tannins in rhubarb also provide anti-diarrheal effects.
Nutritional Benefits of Rhubarb Root
- High in Vitamin K and A.
- High in fiber.
- Contains Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium.
How to Use Rhubarb Root
- Usually used as a tea or strong infusion or tincture. Often used in herbal combinations.
Cautions and Side Effects of Rhubarb Root
- High Vitamin K content may interfere with blood-thinning medications.