The health benefits of rhubarb root include protection from toxins, weight loss, bone benefits, hair growth, and blood pressure benefits.
Rhubarb root is a flowering plant that can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It has a deep purple or white caudex, that is the stem, and it produces deep green, flower-like stalks up to 3 feet long.
Rhubarb root is low in calories and fat, with 9 calories in 1/2 cup of chopped rhubarb root. It contains 0 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, and 0 grams of cholesterol. It contains 0 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbohydrates.
Rhubarb root also contains some minerals, including 0 milligrams of vitamin C and 21 milligrams of calcium. Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen, a protein that is essential for healthy skin, bones, and blood vessels. Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth, and for muscle contraction.
Rhubarb root also contains some vitamins, including 1/8 of a milligram of vitamin B-6, 1/8 of a milligram of vitamin B-1.
Rhubarb really does have many health benefits, and not only due to its high fiber content, but due to other chemical compounds found in this vegetable.
Rhubarb juice or juice extracts are thought to help in weight loss, and may offer relief from stomach conditions such as ulcers. Rhubarb root juice may also improve digestion and relieve constipation.
Rhubarb root has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help heart conditions. Rhubarb root may be useful for joint pain and arthritis. Rhubarb root has anti-cancer properties.
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