You may not be aware and it might sound a little crazy at first. But, hear me out. Yes some people are actually eating stinging nettles. I know your probably shaking your head thinking hell no! Now, no we’re not telling you to just go outside and start tearing out your nearest stinging nettle bush to stuff your face this would not be good as they must be prepared certain ways so you don’t do any harm to yourself or others. Many don’t realize but there are so many benefits found from within this little green bush. You can find this plant growing in dense colonies in wooded areas and almost anywhere
The stinging nettle comes from the family urticaceae. When it comes to stinging nettle there are over 2600 species of this little plant. This amazing plant can be prepared in many ways like any other herb or leaf-like plant. From anything from tea to soup and even pesto sauce.
The main thing before you even think about giving this a try tho is getting those pesky needles dealt with. How so you may ask?
there are a few methods you could do. one of the most popular is by steaming or boiling. It allows the needles to be blended down completely smooth in a soup! Another method I have seen done would be putting the stinging nettles in a paper bag and shake it about and crumple it all together. One thing I know though is I have yet to see it done personally or see the truth behind it so don’t quote that one. From what I can see the safest way is to make sure you wilt the leaves down as much as possible. But maybe a little bit more looking into it will give me a reply to my question. Down below I will also be posting some recipes and ideas for stinging nettle if you decided to give it a try!
Now what are some of these health properties from within the stinging nettle? Before we go in-depth i leave you with just some of the nutrients from them
- Vitamins: Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as several B vitamins
- Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium
- Fats: Linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and oleic acid
- Amino acids: All of the essential amino acids
- Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins, and other flavonoids
- Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids
Now how all this can help you is extrodinary from what I’ve researched. Most of these nutrients act as antioxidants which helps your body on many levels but that’s a whole different article. Stinging nettles also have an array of composites that reduce inflammation. In another research study, taking a supplement that contained stinging nettle extract significantly decreased arthritis pain. Additionally, partakers felt they could reduce their dosage of anti-inflammatory pain relievers because of this capsule.
Some studies also show that stinging nettles may also help lower high blood pressure. Tt may stimulate nitric oxide production, which acts as a vasodilator. Vasodilators ease the muscles of your blood vessels, helping them open.
Does this article pique your interest don’t worry I’ll have more like it for you soon and we also have part two of this one soon?
Down below you will find some simple recipes if you feel spontaneous enough to try