Rhubarb is a plant (fruit and vegetable) known in Asia for more than 2000 years. In the West, it has only been known for 2-3 centuries. Close to aloe, this plant contains multiple virtues.
Compos é e large triangular leaves stalked, it is grown in the temperate zones. Only the petioles of the plant can be eaten. They are sometimes used for juices, pies, jams…
Discover in this article the benefits of rhubarb juice.
Rhubarb is essentially composed of (1):
- Minerals such as iron, calcium,
- Vitamins A, B, and K
- Antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins
The benefits of rhubarb juice
For weight loss
Rhubarb is considered in France as a vegetable. However, in the United States, it is considered a fruit because of the different ways of consuming it. Whether it be a fruit or a vegetable, rhubarb will help you lose weight. Indeed, it is quite rich in fiber and water.
Hold on tight, 100g of rhubarb contains only 21 calories. You understand why I call it a slimming food (1). As you know dear loyal readers, foods rich in fiber and water are your best allies in a slimming diet.
In addition to the nutrients specific to each fruit or vegetable, these foods control and reduce your appetite through the feeling of satiety. They also promote the elimination of toxins out of the body.
In addition, foods rich in fiber and water protect your digestive system. Rhubarb juice will help you shed extra pounds in addition to the benefits it brings to your health.
Protection of neurons
Our brain is an essential organ. Nothing we do or plan can be done without the brain. It is very important to consume foods that not only protect the brain but stimulate its various functions. This is to avoid general fatigue, stress, irritability, memory problems. It also prevents long-term diseases related to the brain (Alzheimer’s, follies …)
Among the foods that contribute to good brain health are rhubarb thanks to its high content of vitamin K. Vitamin K is made up of vitamins K1 and vitamin K2. The one generally found in plants is vitamin K1 also known under the name of phylloquinone or phytomenadione
This vitamin which is present in crucifers, lettuce, parsley, sauerkraut… is not destroyed by cooking. It dissolves in fat (fat-soluble). Vitamin K acts on brain functions by stimulating memory learning functions.
Regular consumption of vitamin K through the diet also helps increase the speed of brain function. It also induces better cognitive ability. People with Alzheimer’s usually have a vitamin K deficiency. This leads specialists to subject them to taking this vitamin.
Rhubarb juice through its vitamin K concentration is another way of consuming vitamin K in a healthy way. Consuming it regularly will have better effects on your body in the long term.
Rhubarb juice for bone health
In this published study (2), it was claimed that vitamin K is involved in bone mineralization and coagulation. It is also important in the supply of calcium to the bones and teeth.
Vitamin K also helps regulate the distribution of calcium in the body. It thus ensures balance by preventing the soft tissues from calcifying. A bowl of rhubarb allows you to consume 105 mg of calcium.
Consuming rhubarb juice will not only protect your neurons but also protect your bones (3). Moreover, thanks to its vitamin C concentration of 12 mg / 100 g, it has anti-anemic and tonic properties.
Vitamin K acts better in the presence of vitamin D. So add fruit rich in vitamin D to your rhubarb juice for better action of vitamin K in the body.
For young and beautiful skin
In Chinese traditions, rhubarb was used to rejuvenate and beautify the skin. Through its many nutrients and antioxidants, it would fight against the harmful effects of the sun.
It also protects and heals insect bites and certain benign skin diseases. Consume your rhubarb juice regularly or apply rhubarb directly for an intense treatment (4).
For the protection of the colon
Thanks to its fiber and high water and nutrient content, rhubarb is beneficial for the health of your colon. Over 2,000 years ago, this plant was used in China, Greece, and ancient civilizations to protect and repair the intestinal system (5).
By consuming rhubarb juice, you facilitate your intestinal transit. You are also protecting your colon from cancer and other diseases that could affect it.
For good oral hygiene
Rhubarb is known to be an anti-inflammatory in the mouth. It relieves oral injuries and contributes to good oral hygiene. A glass of rhubarb juice on an empty stomach will help you get rid of bad breath.
Rhubarb juice with kale
- 2 cups of rhubarb
- ½ cup of kale
- 1 cucumber
- 1 apple
- ½ finger of ginger
Clean and wash the different ingredients
Break them up as needed
Put it all in your machine
This juice is a powerful diuretic. It is mainly made up of fruits and vegetables rich in fiber. Which will promote intestinal transit. It also makes it easier to eliminate toxins in the form of urine. We note that cucumber, rhubarb, and apple are known for their diuretic properties.
The apple is a fruit par excellence that is full of multiple antioxidants and other beneficial properties for the body. Cucumber will be more beneficial if you juice with the peel to take advantage of the many benefits of this diuretic.
Kale is a cruciferous tree that helps you fight free radicals in your body. In addition, it promotes blood and cardiovascular systems. Rhubarb is a nutrient whose virtues are well known.
- 4 cups of rhubarb, cut into pieces
- 3 ½ cups of mineral water
- Lemon zest collected
- ¾ -a cup of sugar
- 1 cup of lemon juice, collected
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 3 sprigs of thyme
In a fireproof pot, combine the mint leaves, mineral water, pieces of rhubarb, sugar, and lemon zest.
Let everything boil, then reduce the heat.
After 30 minutes of boiling. Lower the pot from the fire and let cool.
When the mixture has cooled, collect the juice using a fine sieve. Make sure you collect all of the juice by squeezing the food with a spoon.
Add the lemon juice and sparkling water.
Lemon is a fruit with multiple benefits. In your body, it is transformed into antioxidants to fight against free radicals. The virtues contained in the zest of lemon add a plus to the antibacterial and antiviral properties of lemon.
It is a depurative, diuretic. Its vitamin C supply also gives you energy. Rhubarb lemonade allows you to benefit from several nutrients for your health.
- Rhubarb leaves should not be eaten because of their high content of oxalic acid. They are poisonous.
During World War II, British soldiers were advised to consume rhubarb with its leaves given the properties of this plant. There have been many cases of poisoning as a result.
This intoxication is also known to beekeepers who place rhubarb leaves in bee hives. This is to kill the invading insects.
Rhubarb leaves even eaten in small amounts can lead to kidney problems over time.
- Considering its high vitamin K content, consume rhubarb juice moderately if you are taking blood thinners.
Indeed, the nutritional values of this vegetable may interfere with anticoagulants.
- In case of kidney stones, seek the advice of your doctor before introducing rhubarb juice in your diet.
Rhubarb is a plant with multiple virtues. It can be used in the form of juice. Its benefits make it an excellent remedy in alternative medicine. However, be careful about its use. Only the stems are edible.
Avoid prolonged use as it can cause damage to your gut. If you suffer from any ailments, the advice of a doctor is essential before introducing rhubarb juice into your routine.