Slippery elm (scientifically known as ‘Ulmus rubra’ and native to eastern North America) is an elm with coarsely textured leaves and a rough outer bark. Here is some surprising info that will certainly interest you to pick some up on your next health-food store visit. Read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Slippery Elm!
1. Digestive health
One of the main uses of slippery elm is as a digestive aid. The mucilage found in its bark is great for soothing your digestive tract and calming inflammation, essentially the type that causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). There is also a significant amount of fibrous tissue found in the bark which helps to bulk up stools, thereby making it effective in eliminating issues such as diarrhea.
2. Anti-inflammatory activity
Slippery elm is well known for its ability to calm down sore throats, as the anti-inflammatory compounds of the bark can massively reduce irritation in your throat
3. Circulation issues
There are many other nutrients found in slippery elm beside mucilage, including iron, which is crucial for the production of your red blood cells. This is also useful for increasing circulation, and thereby boosting oxygenation of important parts of your body.
4. Healing properties
The rapid healing properties of slippery elm have made it a popular choice for those suffering from injuries, burns, abrasions, and serious wounds on the battlefield and out in nature. Salves and balms have long been made from its bark in order to speed the healing process.
5. Skin care
If you have suffered from burns, have noticeable scars, or generally poor skin health, slippery elm can be a wonderful remedy. Its antioxidants and unique vitamin profile can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate free radicals from your upper skin layers and even heal age spots. Additionally, it gives a youthful glow to your skin.
Slippery elm ticks many of the advantage boxes as far as natural health food supplementation goes. Used slippery elm? What effects did you notice? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. (Here are more Top 5’s to help you get and Keep YOUR Fit ON!)