7 Health Benefits of Rhubarb

Written by: Helen

Welcome to Fit Food Friday.  I thought it would be good to look at a vegetable that is in season now and is delicious.  I will link to some recipes at the end and, yes, one will definitely be a crumble.  Can you beat a rhubarb crumble?  I think not.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be eating rhubarb.

 

1) Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight then this is a useful vegetable.  It is not only low in calories but it is high in fibre.  Foods that are high in fibre help us to feel fuller for longer and can prevent snacking.

 

2) Digestion

The amount of fibre also means that it is good for our digestion.  Fibre encourages healthy bowel movements and keeps our digestive systems in good working order.

 

3) Alzheimer’s Disease

It provides good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is an important nutrient involved with brain health.  It stimulates our cognitive activity and can help to delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers.  You can find more info about that here

 

4) Antioxidants

To read my article about the role of antioxidants in the body click here.

Rhubarb has high amounts of antioxidants.  The redder colour stems have more vitamin A than greener stems.  Antioxidants are an important part of a healthy diet because they protect our bodies and help to fight off diseases including heart disease and cancer.

 

5) Cancer Prevention

This leads me on to number 5.  As mentioned above the antioxidants make it a good food in the fight against cancer.  Antioxidants battle against free radicals and free radicals cause cells to mutate or die.

 

6) Healthy Skin

As well as containing vitamin A, rhubarb also contains compounds such as carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.  These convert into vitamin A inside the body.  Vitamin A is important for skin health (It is also an important nutrient for healthy eyesight so rhubarb helps with this too).  Free radicals cause some of the signs of ageing and, as mentioned, the antioxidants in rhubarb help to combat free radicals.

 

7) Bone Health

As well as helping combat Alzheimer’s, vitamin K also plays a role in bone health.  It aids our bones with growth and repair.  This nutrient combined with the calcium in rhubarb means that this vegetable is a great food for our bones and teeth.

And now that you know how good it is for you, here are some recipes.  Just click on the recipe to be taken to the link.  Do you eat rhubarb?  Let me know below.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Rhubarb Cordial

Rhubarb cordial

 

Oaty Rhubarb Crumble

rhubarb crumble

 

Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb Fool

 

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Organic Facts

Nutrition and you

 

Heath & Heather Organic Super Tea

Written by: Helen

 

I love trying different teas.  My tea shelf (which is gradually expanding into a tea cupboard) is well stocked with a variety of herbal and unusual teas (I’ve written an article before about the health benefits of herbal teas.  You can read it here).  So I was pleased when Heath & Heather sent me their range of organic super teas to try.

The great thing about these teas is that they have been created by herbalists and each is designed with a specific purpose in mind.  Struggling to sleep at night?  Try the Organic Relaxing Night Time tea.  Coming down with a cold?  Try the Organic Supportive Root Remedy tea.  I’ve included the full range of teas along with their descriptions.  There’s one to suit any mood.

I enjoyed these teas.  They are made from natural ingredients, no funny business and the main thing is they taste great.  So far my favourite, I think, is the Night Time tea but it depends how I’m feeling.  These teas are available from Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops.

 

The Company

Heath & Heather was first established in 1920 by Samuel and James Ryder.  They were among the first to study the therapeutic benefits of English botanicals, herbs and plants.  Today the company continues to develop a range of fruit and herbal infusions, designed to help support a natural, healthy lifestyle.

You can contact the company through their social media at-

Instagram: Heathandheathertea
Twitter: @HeathHeatherTea

 

The Full Range

Organic Energising Morning Time tea– It contains ginseng root and Amazonian guarana which are natural energy boosters.

Organic Relaxing Night Time tea– chamomile and spearmint infusion with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies for easing insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.

Organic Supportive Root Remedy– This uses turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots to support health and help keep colds and flu at bay.

Organic Detoxing Slim Tea– An infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos meant to assist natural bowel movements, aid detoxing the liver and curb food cravings.

Organic Digestive Super Seeds– This combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds; herbal aids to ease digestion and bloating.

 

I received these teas for free.  All opinions are honest and my own.