FoodNasturtium: The secret herb for weight loss and gourmet delights

Nasturtium: The secret herb for weight loss and gourmet delights

Nasturcja can help in the fight against excess weight.
Nasturcja can help in the fight against excess weight.
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6:29 AM EDT, June 25, 2024

This isn't just a garden decoration and a decorative element for salads, sandwiches, or soups. The seeds can be pickled, creating a delicacy resembling capers, and the leaves can be fried like spinach. Nasturtium, the plant in question, has an incredibly wide variety of uses in the kitchen. Among its properties, experts mention its impact on weight loss.

Ewa Kozioł, a certified herbalist and advocate of a healthy lifestyle, mentioned on her social media that nasturtium is the best herb for weight loss. Ewa Kozioł, who operates in the media as a blogger ("Zielony Zagonek"), also publishes content on social media channels. In one of them, she discussed nasturtium's influence on weight loss.

nasturtium for weight loss

Herbalist Ewa Kozioł reveals that nasturtium is extremely helpful in the fight against overweight. Both its leaves and flowers are rich in components that aid the weight loss process. As she points out, water extracts from dried leaves and flowers of this plant have a positive effect on our digestive system. Furthermore, nasturtium helps regulate bowel movements, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy metabolism. Additionally, this plant prevents the formation of gallstones. Moreover, nasturtium can ease the feeling of heaviness that often accompanies a hearty meal.

Nasturtium is rich in glucosinolates, which are organic sulfur compounds. These compounds can stimulate digestion, which accelerates metabolism. But that's not all—glucosinolates also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. As a result, they can help combat infections of the urinary tract, throat, lungs, and skin. Nasturtium also contains compounds that have the potential to lower levels of so-called bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. This, in turn, can contribute to maintaining heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Nasturtium is a beautiful edible flower with slimming properties.
Nasturtium is a beautiful edible flower with slimming properties.© Canva | BasieB

The process is straightforward: collect 2 tablespoons of fresh nasturtium leaves or flowers (or one tablespoon of dried ones), then pour a cup of boiled water over them. Cover the infusion and let it sit for about 15 minutes to allow the active ingredients to release. Once the infusion cools down, you can sweeten it with honey to taste.

Using nasturtium in the kitchen

Nasturtium typically blooms from June to September, and its flowers are edible with a slightly spicy taste. Nasturtium flowers are usually used to decorate dishes, especially salads and soups. Their colorful petals add distinctiveness to dishes and brighten them up. Besides the flowers, nasturtium leaves are also edible. They are the most popular edible part of this plant. Nasturtium leaves also have a spicy flavor. They are usually eaten raw in addition to dishes but can also be cooked in a pan, like spinach.

Lastly, the nasturtium seeds are worth mentioning as they are also edible. They have an intense flavor and are usually used as a spice. It's worth knowing that nasturtium seeds can be pickled. Prepared this way, they taste similar to capers.

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