The nettle is a shrub that comes from northern Europe and Asia. The plant has beautiful heart-shaped leaves and yellow or pink flowers, but the stem is covered by tiny, rigid hairs that release chemicals when touched. The leaves, stem or root of the nettle plant can be crushed and become powders, tinctures, creams, tea and more. While people have been using it for centuries as herbal medicine, modern research also supports many of the potential health benefits of nettle tea. Nettle can help remove harmful bacteria from the urinary tract. It can also help support any medications you take for infections or diseases related to the urinary tract. The nettle has historically been used to treat pain and sore muscles, especially related to arthritis.
As an herb, it has also shown some promising effects on blood glucose levels. It can help the pancreas make or release more insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar. Nettle is high in plant chemicals called polyphenols. It is suggested that these powerful compounds may play a role in the prevention and management of chronic diseases associated with inflammation, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease.
Specifically, polyphenols from nettle extract have shown some exciting possibilities for the treatment of breast cancer and also the prostate. Plants such as nettle also contain powerful antioxidants, which are substances that protect the body from aging and cell damage.
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