From the roots of rhubarb can cook delicious pies and compotes, and the leaves are used as a spice. Medicinal properties of rhubarb roots allow its use for the manufacture of drugs.
Rhubarb - a plant belonging to the family of buckwheat. In total, there are about 20 species of plants, most of which can be used as food and for medicinal purposes. It is believed that rhubarb is native to Asia and its cultivation has occurred in ancient China, where it has about three thousand years BC, was used as a medicinal plant. A little later it spread to Persia, and in the Middle Ages it was introduced to Europe by Arab traders. Currently, rhubarb is grown mainly in Asia, America and Europe, and most of all it is common in the US and the UK.
In the food used mainly petioles and sometimes the young leaves of rhubarb. It is added to salads, soup and soups, sauces, compotes, jams, jellies, marmalade, jelly, as well as used as a sweet pie fillings. Rhubarb leaves are used as a spice for the fishing industry. But the rhizomes and roots are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for the manufacture of drugs.
The composition and caloric content of rhubarb
100g of rhubarb contains 92 6 g of water, 3, 7 g of carbohydrates, 1, 8 g of fat, 0, 9 g protein, 0, 76 g of ashes, 0, 2 grams of fat; vitamins A, B1, B2, PP, B6, B9, C, E, K, B4; macronutrients: phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium; trace elements: zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese.
Caloric rhubarb is 21 kcal per 100 g of product.
Medicinal and useful properties of rhubarb
Thanks to its numerous beneficial properties of rhubarb are used for the production of drugs. For example, from the roots of the plants receive Chrysarobin drug, which is used to treat psoriasis. Small doses are used as anti rhubarb powder and binding agent, to improve appetite and normalization of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Medicinal properties of rhubarb is used for catarrh of the stomach and intestines, with dyspepsia. In moderate doses of rhubarb powder also acts as a choleretic agent, but in large doses it is used as a mild laxative for constipation and intestinal atony. Use it to soften stool in the rectal fissures and hemorrhoids.
In folk medicine, the healing properties of rhubarb are used in tuberculosis, anemia, various disorders of the digestive system and gall bladder.
Please be aware that long-term use the beneficial properties of rhubarb are down, so you need to alternate it with other drugs.
In large doses, rhubarb has a number of contraindications, which include:
- Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract;
- Hemorrhoids bleeding;
- Oxaluria and inflammatory diseases of the bladder;
- Tendency to diarrhea;
- Acute appendicitis;