The Art of Healthy Living
- According to the Scientific Research Council (SRC), sorrel contains a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals. Nevertheless, it is a group of compounds called Flavonoids which not only give its deep red colour but acts as a powerful antioxidants which scavenges the body of free radicals that can cause deadly diseases.
- Research at Jamaica's Northern Caribbean University has revealed that sorrel could kill certain type of cancer cells. Again this is due to high levels of Flavonoids that work as a deterrent against certain kind of cancer.
- Sorrel is used as a diuretic in India, Africa and Mexico and has benefits for kidney health when ingested daily.
- According to the Jamaica Gleaner, in some part of Africa the red calyx of sorrel is used to relieve coughs, while the leaves are made into a poultice to relieve boils and abscesses.
- Sorrel has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol and helping to prevent clogged arteries.
- As a plant with significant amounts of Vitamin A, Sorrel can help to improve poor eyesight and prevent age-related ocular degeneration.
- Ingesting sorrel regularly helps to optimize the body's immune system and prevent illness due to its high Vitamin C content. Sorrel also has significant levels of iron which helps improve circulation throughout the body by boosting red blood cell production and oxygen in vital organs.