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Essiac Tea Benefits
1. Natural Cancer Fighter
All of the herbs in Essiac tea have been reported to have antioxidant and anti-cancer effects. Essiac itself has also been reported to demonstrate anti-cancer activity in vitro. A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology examined the effects of Essiac on free radical scavenging and DNA damage. The data from the study showed that Essiac tea possesses potent antioxidant and DNA-protective activity, two key properties common to natural anti-cancer agents.
When consumed, Essiac tea acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent throughout the body. Since inflammation is at the root of practically all diseases, Essiac can be helpful for such a wide range of ailments. Essiac can be especially helpful when it comes to treating the inflammation and chronic pain associated with arthritis, cancer and HIV.
Sheep sorrel, one of the four key ingredients in Essiac tea, is commonly used to help reduce inflammation and pain that accompanies sinusitis. The tannins present in sheep sorrel also help to decrease the overproduction of mucus.
3. Strengthens Immune System
In vitro analysis of Essiac shows that it has significant antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. It also exhibited the the ability to kill off tumor cells. The burdock root in Essiac tea helps detox the lymphatic system, a process which is excellent for the immune system and body as a whole.
4. Detoxify the Body
Essiac tea contains burdock root, an awesome blood purifier that clears out toxins from the bloodstream. In addition, Indian or Turkey rhubarb root also helps detoxify the system by acting as a gentle yet highly effective laxative. It also helps support a liver cleanse by removing waste from the liver, furthering Essiac tea’s detoxifying effects since the liver is our most detoxifying organ. Used traditionally in small amounts, this herb acts as a gently laxative and helps purge the liver of toxic buildup and waste.
5. Improves Gastrointestinal Problems
Essiac tea’s slippery elm is amazing when it comes to gastrointestinal issues. Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. This mucilage coats and soothes the lining of the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines. Slippery elm is also high in antioxidants and calms the inflammation that comes with gastrointestinal conditions.
Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus levels can guard the gastrointestinal tract against excess acidity as well as ulcers. Slippery elm is commonly suggested for sore throats, coughs, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Indian or Turkey rhubarb further helps the gastrointestinal system. The rhubarb contains malic acid that helps the body to make ATP more efficiently, aiding in energy levels and healing, which has a positive and balancing effect on the whole digestive system.
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