Stinging Nettle and
Stinging Nettle is a
spinach-like vegetable. Several years ago, it was popularly known as the vegetable of the poor man. The growth
of this vegetable is wild and it is often destroyed by people thinking it to be a type of weed. After numerous
studies on the plant, people have discovered its Importance. In fact, stinging nettle leaves can be consumed if
they are picked when they are young. When the leaves mature they develop spines on them but then when cooked the
spines become very soft and make it easy to consume. But there is more than just eating the leaves.
Dried leaves of stinging
nettle have medicinal properties and are considered as a tonic for prostate health. Stinging nettle has numerous
health benefits; here are some of them:
People who have been diagnosed with urinary and kidney
problems found favorable results when they take stinging nettle.
Those who suffer from rheumatism and/or arthritis are able
to move their joints more comfortably and easily after starting eating stinging
People who have gout experienced significant relief on
consuming Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle also helps to relieve
of asthma and cold.
It is used as a diuretic
It builds blood and keeps red blood cells in good
It is considered to be an excellent and effective remedy
for dandruff and oily hair
It reduces pain and inflammation in prostate gland.
Stinging Nettle and
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
In some studies,
stinging Nettle has shown to have curative effects on benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate
inflammation (prostatitis). While relief for prostatitis has been due to Stinging Nettle’s anti-inflammatory
properties, its positive effect on BPH is mostly due to its effects on androgen (male sex hormone)
production and levels.
Several studies have
shown that Stinging Nettle interferes with all those hormonal-driven chemical processes that lead towards onset
of BPH. It not just stops the conversion of testosterone (which helps feed
cancer cells) into dihydrotestosterone but also regulates other
hormonal functions. In addition, its slow-acting nutritive properties normally clean the body of its metabolic
Stinging Nettle acts as
an excellent inhibitor to growth and proliferation of all prostate cells. Clinical researches have shown intake
of Stinging Nettle root extract can hamper the growth of prostate malignant cells up to 30% within span of five
days. Another research has shown intake of Stinging Nettle along with another herbal plant called
Pygeum reduced urine retention (caused by blockage of urethra due to enlarged
prostate). These two herbs also reduced recurrent urination during night, one of irksome symptoms of BPH,
within span of 28 days.
Since Stinging Nettle
lowers blood pressure and the heart rate; therefore, it should be taken after consulting a doctor for people who
heart disease. Stinging Nettle is known to possess diuretic effects. Due to this
reason, this medicinal herb should not be taken by those who, due medical conditions, are not recommended to
take diuretics. Since Stinging Nettle can result in mineral and electrolyte imbalance (due to its diuretic
properties) it should not be taken without medical consultation.