Feeling tired from the long winter, staying home especially in a lockdown position? The body is heavy, and the mood is often like the gloomy weather outside. Do you urgently need to do something and feel a real green recharge and purification? Personally, I often feel this way at this time of the year and then I make a “green wave” – I include as many green things as possible in my menu and thus recharge with a strong dose of nutrients. But when the weather is cool, we often prefer “comfort food” in the evening, which is more often than not a huge lettuce. What then? I have already told you about my favorite spirulina and chlorella and how exactly I use them, but there is another very strong and a little forgotten superfood that deserves all our respect – the nettle.
Have you ever tried a nettle soup? And a dip with it?
As I was learning another lesson from my Diet and Nutritional Advisor course, in the superfood section, I was surprised to find out that nettle was not a green superfood, but a herb superfood. I was surprised because where I grew up, nettle is a common spring soup base, just like spinach, and is actually even more praised than it is. And there is a reason. In my homeland it is used as a main remedy for anemia and spring recharging with green foods. The taste is specific, I admit, and not everyone would like it, unless grandma fed you with such soup from an early age 😊 In fact, I could not made my own child to like it, no matter how I serve it.
And this reminded me of how useful nettle actually is and how me indulging in modern superfoods like spirulina and chlorella, I ignore the good old nettle. And despite the specific taste, there are many ways to include this extremely useful superfood in your diet by diversifying your daily spirulina and chlorella.
They call it a “miracle of nature” and a “healing gift” and this is not far from the truth. Under its scorching nature, nettle hides a number of useful substances for the whole body. Nettle has been valued for centuries as a nutritious tonic tea, extremely rich in energizing ingredients and unique plant elements that are both nutritious for the blood and cleansing the body. Let’s see what it’s really good for.
Nettle is most valuable as food. Like spirulina and chlorella, it is very rich in plant proteins and contains all of the essential amino acids, which means that the quality of the protein can be measured with sprouts, eggs and meat. It is also rich in vitamins A and C, K, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. In terms of iron content, it chases the top of the charts, so nettle is the ideal antianemic. Thanks to it, you can also gather to 42% of the daily dose of calcium.
Detox and weight loss
Nettle stimulates the lymphatic system and is a powerful blood purifier. Like chlorella, nettle can protect your body and liver from many toxins and heavy metals.
It can also help to lose weight and speed up metabolism. It is also known for its diuretic properties. In case of anxious fluid retention, it is especially recommended. Also, nettle tea taken in the morning, supports bowel movements.
Benefits for your glamorous appearance
Nettle is often used for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, its detoxifying properties, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits are probably part of the reasons for this feature. With a tincture of nettle leaves we can pour hair on hair loss. Regular use has been shown to thicken hair and give a perfect shine to it.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features
Like spirulina, nettle is extremely rich in chlorophyll and beta-carotene. These nutrients in combination with vitamin C, determine the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be effectively used to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
How to accept it
As I said, we can use it as food. That simple. Due to its property to sing the skin, heat treatment is recommended.
We can take the dried nettle as a setting (tea) or in the form of herbal tablets. This is also the easy way to enjoy the benefits throughout the year. Since nettle is practically a food, it is difficult to overdose, on the contrary, we can only take advantage of its wonderful qualities.
In conclusion, the nettle is a slightly forgotten and neglected super food, but in terms of quality it can be worthily ranked next to spirulina and chlorella. Whichever one you choose, the health benefits and your radiant appearance are obvious.