Top 5 Health Benefits of Sumac!

Using dried sumac for its deep tangy, lemon-tasting flavour is becoming more and more popular in the culinary world, moving outside of its Middle Eastern roots. Added to a number of meat, rice, spice mixes and meze dishes, or even used as a whole fruit to make sumac-ade, this spice is a tasty friend to have in the cupboard. But, did you know it has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes?  Feast your eyes on these Top 5 Health Benefits of Sumac!

1. Antioxidant
Full of immune boosting vitamin C with its flavonoids and polyphenols, Sumac has the ability to neutralize the free radicals in our bodies that can create health problems such as heart disease and cancer. This antioxidant ability also assists with reducing the signs of aging.

2. Anti-inflammatory
The anti-inflammatory properties in sumac make this dried spice a great addition to your diet. Reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and conditions such as arthritis, skin eruptions and inflammation, urinary infections and respiratory problems.

3. Antimicrobial
Sumac is known to have naturally occurring compounds with antimicrobial activities. Studies have shown that it has been found to work against a number of pathogens, including Salmonella bacteria.  The rich water-soluble tannins found in it are well documented for their antimicrobial properties and have been used for these benefits since medieval times.

4. Anti-fungal
Sumac has anti-fungal fighting abilities against human pathogens. In one study, it was shown to help treat Aspergillosis, which is a lung infection that causes wheezing and coughing.

5. Lowering blood-sugar
This dried powder can also play a part in managing blood-sugar levels for diabetes and pre-diabetes. With studies showing a significant decrease in insulin levels after consumption, it is a promising spice to assist with managing diabetes.

Sumac has a documented, long history dating back to the 11th Century for being used both in a culinary as well as medicinal capacity.  Full of vitamin C and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, it has a natural health benefit profile that is hard to beat. Not only does it taste great with a stunning colour it’s definitely a healthy addition to your wellbeing, so cook up a storm and create something wonderful. Want to use foods such sumac to radically improve your health, lose weight and enhance your beauty? Then you should definitely click here and get a copy of this. Drop some of those repeat prescriptions, because these superfoods are the all-new, REAL and permanent medicine!

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Debbie Murphy

Debbie Murphy is a Nutritional Chef and Food Journalist who creates recipes and products for healthy eating.  As a qualified chef, trained in Nutrition and an experienced photographer, food blogs and styling are part of her life. Having trained at Leith’s School in London, Debbie is able to create some great dishes and diet plans and is passionate about anything good for our bodies! With a keen interest in exercise, she is a runner, cyclist and long distance dog walker, all in keeping with her love for being outside!

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  1. My request for those who sell sumac: Please, but please do not increase your prices, especially during these difficult times.To make this water infuse water overnight or a day with finely ground Sumac. About 1/2tsp to a litre. Shake and drink this water instead of plain water.

    Sumac is a spice that comes from ground Sumac berries of the Middle Eastern Rhus Coriaria plant. It’s famous for its Ruby color and tangy flavor. And now scientists are studying the health benefits of this anti-oxidant rich spice.

    Anti-cancer: A super anti-oxidant, and packed with vitamin C which means it can help ward off diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
    Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is thought to be the cause of most diseases and Sumac is an anti-inflammatory spice that helps fight various disorders, colds and the Flu.
    Has been studied to be effective in regulating cholesterol levels and treating diabetes by reducing blood sugar.
    Anti-fungal & Anti-microbial: Sumac is Anti-microbial and anti-fungal spice which can help treat skin inflammation and disorders. It has also been studied to be effective in fighting bacteria like Salmonella and can be used to safely disinfect fruits and vegetables.
    Can increase breast milk production and ease menstrual cramps.
    Sumac is a Diuretic which means it helps remove toxins from the body through urine and has been used traditionally to treat urine infections and digestive problems.

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