Japanese Knotweed must be removed from your land as soon as possible to avoid damaging your property and its value. However, Japanese Knotweed removal has another benefit: when eaten, the plant has a number of health benefits.
The pest contains high concentrations of a chemical called resveratrol. It can also be found in red wine and is why moderate consumption is good for you. Any plant that contains resveratrol will provide a health benefit and Japanese Knotweed is no different.
Japanese Knotweed has been used in Asian culture for centuries as a spring vegetable, but the discovery of the resveratrol has put it at centre stage.
Here are some of the great health benefits of consuming Japanese Knotweed.
Reduces The Risk Of Heart Disease
A diet that focuses on eating foods that are rich in fatty acids increases your chances of developing heart disease dramatically. Behind smoking, these diets are one of leading causes of heart disease, not to mention all the other cardiovascular problems.
However, studies have found that the resveratrol chemical in Japanese Knotweed reduces levels of cholesterol in the body.
France consumes more red wine per person than most other countries in the world; it’s just part of their culture. This means that they take in a lot of resveratrol in their diet. Because of this, the number of reported heart conditions is very low, despite the fact their diet usually consists of foods that are high in fats compared to the average person.
By adding Japanese Knotweed to your diet, you can benefit from the same heart-protective qualities.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Following on from heart disease, there have also been encouraging results regarding resveratrol’s ability to regulate the body’s blood pressure.
By reducing strain and stress on the heart, lower blood pressure can significantly lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Dilated arteries and blood vessels prevent blood clots.
Lowering blood pressure also puts less stress on the eyes. High blood pressure can cause damage to vision so by taking in regular amounts of resveratrol, less strain is placed on the optic nerve which is responsible for the ability to see clearly.
Finally, lower blood pressure improves the health of the kidneys and prevents them from failing.
Japanese knotweed is getting a lot of attention in the medicine world because it is showing anti-cancer properties. Resveratrol appears to have several beneficial effects against a variety of including some of the major diseases like breast, prostate, colon, and thyroid cancer.
This is because resveratrol is able to let damaged cells repair their genetics by placing a temporary pause in the cycle. This results in fewer mistakes being made in cell replication and less cancer cells are formed.
Plus, if that wasn’t enough, resveratrol has been shown to promote the destruction of cancer cells themselves.
The studies are still going but the early signs are promising. Yet another reason to be adding some Japanese Knotweed into your diet to better your health.
Controls Insulin Levels
People with poor diets are less able to regulate insulin levels because of the constant high levels of sugar. This leads to the body developing a resistance to insulin, resulting in diabetes and other health problems.
However, by eating Japanese Knotweed, the resveratrol is able to regulate and blood sugar levels in the body, which is also important in energy production and metabolism. Fat burning is encouraged and so the chances of developing diabetes decrease dramatically.
Furthermore, resveratrol is said to lessen inflammation which is key to diseases like diabetes.
Eases Gastrointestinal Concerns
If you are suffering from stomach problems, such as bloating, constipation, cramps, inflammation, or chronic pain, having a diet including Japanese Knotweed may be able to help.
By adding resveratrol-rich herbs to your diet, you can significantly reduce gastrointestinal distress. The chemical found in Japanese Knotweed and acts as a mild laxative, which can help clear out your system and get your digestive processes back to normal.
It Helps Mental Illnesses
One of the most well known and widely relied on benefits of Japanese Knotweed is its apparent effect on mental health issues, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is primarily due to the resveratrol content, which is the same for most of the plant’s benefits.
Resveratrol has shown a measurable preventative effect againstprocesses that can affect neural pathways. Just as can eliminate plaque and neutralize free radicals that can slow mental function and cause deterioration, resveratrol can keep brain pathways energized and in use.
Resveratrol appears to interfere with beta-amyloids, the proteins that are responsible for the plaques forming in the first place.
A Word Of Warning
If you decide to start including some Japanese Knotweed into your diet, and are able to identify it on your property, do not remove it yourself. If not treated properly, the weed will spread rapidly. Contact us to remove it safely.
In terms of eating it, do not take in an excessive amount. This can cause negative reactions and counter act all the benefits we have just described. Follow prescribed dosage levels and you’ll be fine.