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Is Eating Sorrel Good for You?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Sorrel is a herb that grows as a bushy plant and belongs to the buckwheat family. It grows in various conditions, which explains why it may be found in all types of weather and in all parts of the globe. It's also used to produce a renowned Egyptian drink called Karkade, which has many health benefits. Soups, sauces, spices, medications, and jams are all made using different sections of this plant. Hibiscus sabdariffa, or red sorrel, is the most prevalent kind of sorrel.

Hibiscus is often cultivated to add taste to food because of its strong flavor, but it contains various benefits, including improving eyesight, controlling blood pressure, promoting heart health, and so on. The intense acidic flavor of the plant derives from oxalic acid, which is akin to wild strawberries or kiwis. This acid is harmful if eaten in big concentrations but is perfectly harmless if ingested in tiny, regulated volumes.

Good for healthy digestion, controlling blood pressure, improving vision, supplying energy and aiding blood circulation, increasing immunity, improving skin health, promoting healthy bones, controlling diabetes, preventing cancer, detoxifying the body, treating herpes zoster, and supplying Vitamin A to the body are few of the sorrel health benefits.

Good for Eye Health

Vitamin A, which is abundant in sorrel, has been associated with improved vision and a decrease in macular degeneration and cataracts. Beta-carotene, a Vitamin A offshoot, functions as an antioxidant. When paired with other important antioxidant substances in the body, it may prevent age-related disorders and considerably improve eye health.

Keeps Skin Healthy

Sorrel leaf is high in Vitamin C and is essential for preserving and strengthening the skin against wrinkles. Also, because of their anti-microbial and anti-allergic characteristics, sorrel leaves are effective in treating ringworms and itching.

Managing Diabetes

Sorrel is a member of the oxalis family and is linked to improving diabetes symptoms and heart health. It is most likely because of the presence of anthocyanin and organic elements in sorrel that interact with every system in the body to improve health.


Your bodies require detoxification on a regular basis to operate effectively. Red sorrel, like herbal drinks, is an excellent detoxifier. Red sorrel juice is known for cleansing the body of toxins and plays an important role in xenobiotic metabolism and detoxification.

Good for Kidneys

In research, sheep sorrel and red sorrel were shown to be helpful in keeping your body healthy. The research reveals that if a patient takes sorrel leaves' juice on a regular basis, the leaves may heal acute ailments such as the formation of kidney stones and clear up the urinary tract.

Adding sorrel into the diet can help you keep your mental and physical health in good shape. This is important for individuals who have anemia and diabetes.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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