10 Benefits of Lemon Grass

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Scientifically referred to as Cymbopogon citratus, lemongrass has a unique aroma and taste. This perennial herb is native to Asia's tropical regions and India. Lemongrass has culinary and medicinal uses. The herb boasts antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties.

In the world of natural health, lemongrass is used to help the body deal with infections, fever, and stomach disorders. It also boosts immunity through antioxidant activity. Based on some research studies, lemongrass may help protect against Staphylococcus aureus, which can be resistant to many antibiotics. Lemongrass may also help curb high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and skin health problems, although more research is needed for confirmation.

Components of Lemongrass

There are two types of lemongrass: Cymbopogon citratus and Cymbopogon flexuosus. Cymbopogon citratus is mainly used for culinary purposes. Cymbopogon flexuosus is used to make fragrances due to its long shelf life, which is a result of its low myrcene content. The primary components of lemongrass are citral and lemonal, which have antimicrobial properties.

From the culinary standpoint, lemongrass contains many nutrients, including folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, B and C. It contains antioxidants and flavonoids, as well as phenolic compounds such as elemicin and quercetin.


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