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Health Benefits of Lemongrass

By Paul Rothbart

Asian cuisine is filled with exotic foods and spices. They give these dishes their unique flavors. One of the most popular of these ingredients is lemongrass. Its citrusy flavor works well in soups, stews, and sauces. Many people like it as a smoothie ingredient. Lemongrass has also been used as an herbal medication for many years. It does have a number of properties that can benefit your health.

It May Help Lower Cholesterol

Lemongrass contains substances that may be helpful for lowering bad cholesterol and keeping overall cholesterol in balance. These chemicals have anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties. Research using animals found that lemongrass helps maintain healthy triglyceride levels as well as lowering bad cholesterol. It may also lessen the risk of certain cardiac disorders. 

It May Help Treat Infections

Lemongrass has antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used as an antiseptic, and it may help in the treatment of athlete's foot and urinary tract infections. It may also slow the growth of pathogens in yeast infections and other skin infections. Studies have suggested that lemongrass may be among the antimicrobial herbs there is.

It May Provide Relief from Fevers and Insomnia

Studies suggest that lemongrass may be able to calm the nerves and relax the muscles, making it easier to fall asleep and to sleep longer. Lemongrass has a diaphoretic and antipyretic effect and may help cure fevers by inducing sweating. In some cultures, it's also called fever grass for this very property.

It May Protect Against Staphylococcus Aureus

Lemongrass contains antimicrobial oils along with compounds that can slow the growth of germs. It can fight bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus, and help prevent infections. Other research has found that lemongrass can also be helpful in fighting Escherichia coli and Helicobacter pylori. This also helps prevent infections and can protect against gastrointestinal disorders.

It May Help Detoxify the Body

Lemongrass can act as a diuretic and help flush toxins out of the body. This helps keep the body clean as well as improves the health of organs like the liver and kidneys.

It May Help Reduce Inflammation and Manage Diabetes

Cytokines are molecules that cells use to communicate with the body. They can sometimes cause inflammation. Lemongrass contains citral, which studies have found may lessen the production of cytokines and reduce inflammation. Citral may also help the body maintain healthy insulin levels and improve glucose tolerance, thus helping to manage type 2 diabetes.

Lemongrass is a popular herb and very common in many Asian dishes. It also has medicinal properties that have been utilized for decades. Adding this ingredient to your diet can add flavor and give you some nice health benefits.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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