Rhubarb season is upon us. A most alluring plant (regarded as a herb), its crimson stalks are packed with nutrients containing many benefits we want to shout about.
So high are its vitamin & anti-oxidant levels – it’s an unsung ‘superfood’. Containing a pigment called Parietin, rhubarb has been proven to kill cancer cells, it also contains high counts of calcium, fibre, vitamins K & C, iron & manganese. Vitamin K stimulates bone growth/repair as well as brain function. Eating rhubarb also improves circulation and metabolism and it has been found that phytochemicals found in rhubarb could help with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Other benefits include:
- It aids in weight loss
- It improves digestion
- It prevents Alzheimer’s disease
- It stimulates bone growth
- It protects against neuronal damage
- It increases skin health
- It prevents cancer
- It boosts and optimises metabolism
- It improves circulation
- It protects against various cardiovascular conditions
- It protects bones and teeth
- It protects the eyes
- It keeps digestion healthy
So how can you add rhubarb to your life? We think that the simplest, yummiest and easiest way is to begin your day with a comforting bowl of porridge topped with tangy stewed rhubarb.
To make the stewed rhubarb we suggest following this super simple recipe and sub out the sugar for pure maple syrup or fresh orange juice. Make a large batch at the beginning of the week and you’ll be able to add a touch of rhubarb to your mornings each day.