Epazote has many health benefits such as reduce menstrual discomfort, heal wounds, help with weight loss efforts, protect the immune system, improve the metabolism, eliminates parasites, prevent certain cancers, reduce respiratory conditions and reduce flatulence. Epazote is herb which is native to Central America and Parts of Mexico. It has been used for generations. Epazote grows up to 4 feet tall. It is annual herb which can be used in culinary applications, as a tea base, as a topical ointment and it can provide powerful essential oils. Its powerful effects were discovered outside the world and this is a reason why it has been cultivated in other temperate areas, including certain areas of North America and Europe but it is still not widely exported or grown. This herb is considered as invasive weed in some areas because it is quite hardy and it can survive in somewhat challenging conditions. The epazote is considered as herb but also the epazote can be used as a leafy vegetable in certain culinary preparations and it is frequently found in quesadillas, moles, chilies, egg dishes, tamales and soups. The flavor of this herb is difficult to define, but it is usually linked to a citrus, mint or tarragon – type flavor which makes it quite versatile as a flavoring agent. This herb is rich in some organic compounds (here is included the folic acid) as well as the potency of the essential oil that can be extracted, means that it can be dangerous (gastroenteritis and other gastrointestinal issues) if you consume it in large quantities.
Epazote health benefits
Blood pressure and heart health: Epazote has moderate amounts of potassium. It acts as vasodilator which means it can relax blood vessels and it reduces the strain on our cardiovascular system, thereby lowering the chances of developing atherosclerosis, consequently protecting us from strokes and heart attacks.
Improves bone health: Epazote has diverse range of minerals which means that it can protect our bones as we are getting older. Epazote has significant levels of manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorus and calcium which contribute to bone mineral density and stave off osteoporosis. This means that your bones will keep you strong and healthy well into your later years.
Boosts immunity: Epazote has moderate levels of Vitamin A which along with various other carotenes and antioxidant compounds are making this herb very important for our immune system. The antioxidant properties of this herb are protecting our skin from free radical damage and also it can neutralize free radicals which are causing many types of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Improves metabolic activity: We know that B – complex family of vitamins is very important in our health and each member has a slightly different role in the human health but these vitamins are generally associated with the strength and efficiency of the metabolism. This herb has significant levels of 6 different B Vitamins, particularly folic acid. In a single serving of epazote, there are more than 50% of the daily recommended amount of folic acid which is very important for the proper development and growth.
Parasitic effects: In the traditional medicine, epazote was used to treat worms of different types. Epazote has active ingredients which can neutralize hookworms and roundworms, as well as other parasitic worms in the body. This property is making the epazote an ideal dietary choice for those people where water filtration and basic sanitary conditions many not be available.
Promotes weight loss: In 100 grams of epazote there are 32 calories and this herb is packed with nutrients and other organic compounds which are body needs. If you want to lose your weight, then you should remain healthy and feel full. The epazote is the right choice for you.
Gastrointestinal effects: Epazote has a significant level of fiber which can help to improve the digestive process and it stimulates smooth movement of the bowels. It is very important to be improved the efficiency of the gastrointestinal system. When this is happening, then this herb can reduce bloating, cramping, constipation and even more serious conditions.