Why you should grow a rhubarb
Rhubarb is a crop that is rather new to many of us. However, the ancient Chinese used it as a laxative for thousands of years. Rhubarb reached Europe in the 14th century. It is considered a vegetable, but in the kitchen we often use it more like a fruit. Around 1940 even the US Customs Service declared this plant a fruit.
This plant offers a tremendous nutritional value. It contains plenty of vitamin C, B-complex, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, fibre, protein and polyphenolic flavonoids (beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein). It is loaded with nutrients and you can use it in the following ways.
Source of antioxidants
Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants and contains anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins. These prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Rhubarb is also a good source of beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein. These are beneficial to our eyes and skin and help us fight free radicals. Rhubarb can improve your vision and prevent premature aging, formation of wrinkles, macular degeneration and even cataracts.
This plant is rich in fibre and lowers blood cholesterol levels. Thanks to high fibre content it can prevent some heart disease problems. It also contains copper and iron, which stimulate the production of red blood cells and increases the total count in the blood stream and improves blood circulation.
Rhubarb has been considered an excellent laxative for centuries. Fibre regulates stool, supports smooth bowel movements and prevents constipation, cramps and bloating. Rhaponticin in rhubarb improves blood sugar levels and helps prevent diabetes. It is low in calories and used in various weight reduction diets because it speeds up metabolism and increases a fat burning rate.
Vitamin K and calcium in rhubarb support positive osteotropic activity and stimulate bone growth and repair capabilities.
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