FRENCH SORREL LEAVES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits

Sorrel is packed with health benefiting phyto-nutrients, fiber,vitamins, and minerals.

Sorrel leaves carry very low calories(100 g of raw leaves provide just 22 calories). Its leaves hold good amount of soluble dietary fiber.

100 grams of farm fresh sorrel has 48 mg of vitamin C (80% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

100 grams of fresh sorrel carry 4000 IU of vitamin-A (about 133% of RDA). vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for normal eyesight. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A and flavonoids also known to help human body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

In addition to vitamin, fresh leaves are also rich source of several vital anti-oxidant phenolic anti-oxidants like kaempferol, myrcetin, quercetin, etc. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) and play healing role in aging and various disease processes.

Further, it also holds good amount of many B-complex vitamins such as vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin, thiamin (vitamin B-1), and niacin.

Sorrel leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value: 100 g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

22 Kcal

1%

Carbohydrates

3.20 g

2.5%

Protein

2.00 g

3.5%

Total Fat

0.7 g

3%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

2.9 g

7.5%

VITAMINS

Folates

13 µg

4%

Niacin

0.500 mg

3%

Pantothenic acid

0.041 mg

1%

Pyridoxine

0.122 mg

9%

Riboflavin

0.100 mg

8%

Thiamin

0.040 mg

3%

Vitamin A

4000 IU

133%

Vitamin C

48 mg

80%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

4 mg

<1%

Potassium

390 mg

8%

MINERALS

Calcium

44 mg

4%

Copper

0.131 mg

14%

Iron

2.40 mg

30%

Magnesium

103 mg

26%

Manganese

0.349 mg

21%

Zinc

0.20 mg

2%

PHYTO-NUTRIENTS

Kaempferol

10.3 mg

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Myrcetin

5.7 mg

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Quercetin

86.2 µg

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