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    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
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    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

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    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

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    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

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Monday
Nov012010

Nutrition for Health: Sorrel Tea lowers blood pressure

Nutrition for Health: Sorrel Tea lowers blood pressure

  

I am currently in Egypt travelling in the Nubian region.  Without doubt some very interesting sights and wonderful people in this Southern region of Egypt called Aswan.

Today I was introduced to a very popular drink served here known locally as Hisbiscus tea. It is deep red in colour and is based on a dried flower - served either hot or cold.  The locals mention that this is 'good for the blood' as it allegedly lowers blood pressure.  When speaking to a local botanist about this he pointed out that this drink was in fact Sorrel, not hibiscus.  They are just similar looking flowers.  Sorrel as a drink is popular not only in Egypt (as evidenced by all the market stalls stocking it), but also in Sudan, Senegal and other parts of Africa.  It is also a drink popular in Jamaica and the Caribbean. 

Sorrel was a drink I often had as a youngster.  In a Jamaican household the explanation given was 'It's good for you!'  Like many of the foods I was given as a child, (before 'superfoods' became a buzz-word) these were seen as normal and healthy foods - nothing special.  But I suspect viewed as an antidote to some of the nutrient light food that we would often choose to consume given half the chance.

Back to the present - I enjoyed a few cups of Sorrel tea with my Nubian 'cousins' in a small village in Aswan.  Probably been a good 20 years or so since I last drank Sorrel.  It looks like a blackcurrant tea, slightly thicker and quite pleasant to taste.  But more importantly is there any significance to the potential health benefits?

Well there is some research on this:

"Sorrel contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, niacin, riboflavin and a group of compounds called FLAVONOIDS which not only give its deep red colour but are now being recognized as a powerful antioxidant which scavenges the body of free radicals that can cause deadly diseases if they are not removed from the body."[1]

Antioxidants can protect against free-radical induced diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson's) and premature ageing - so a wide range of these are important in a balanced diet.

There are also numerous studies on Sorrel's LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride lowering properties, which offer protection against heart disease.[2]

I will be taking some Sorrel back to the UK,and look forward to drinking it more often.

Sources:

SORREL AS A NUTRACEUTICAL - HEALTH BENEFITS, The Scientific Research Council (Jamaica)[1]
Mexican Scientific Institute of Social Security[2]

 

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