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Nettle root is part of the stinging nettle plant. For years, the root of this plant has helped alleviate common symptoms related to certain conditions like diabetes, enlarged prostate gland, and many more. If you have ever been in that state of painful urination, frequent night calls, irritable bladder, and much more, you will better understand the effectiveness of these precious roots.
Apart from the common urinary problems Nettle root helps to alleviate, it has also been known to help resolve other challenges like muscle pain and joint problems when nettle root is taken at the right amounts in its varied forms.
Nettle Root Versus Stinging Nettle
Practitioners of traditional herbal medicine practitioners have used the stinging nettle plant, also known as Urtica dioica to treat many disorders. Stinging nettle was originally from northern Europe and Asia, and now grows worldwide as a wild plant that is about 4 feet tall. What are the stinging nettle roots benefits? The herbaceous parts of stinging nettle have properties that may make them useful in painful conditions such as arthritis and sore muscles.
Its leaves and stem are covered with tiny hairs that release stinging substances which the plant derived its name from. The herbaceous parts of the plant and its roots have medicinal properties that are different from each other.
Nettle root is used in the treatment of different urinary problems. It is widely used today as a remedy for benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, symptoms of BPH including “reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder … and [a] constant urge to urinate,” may be relieved by nettle root.
Benefits of Nettle Roots
For years, nettle root has been known for treating different urinary disorders. But right now, it is also being used to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Nettle roots also provide relief for pain and inflammation associated with some infectious and non-infectious conditions. Although the mechanism by which nettle roots provides most of its benefits are still not clear, and under research, the benefits have been observed by several people. Some conditions in which nettle roots potentially functions are:
- Reduction of prostate size
- Muscle and joint ache
- Respiratory allergy
Other Benefits Include:
Provides relief for symptoms of Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
The beta-sitosterol present in nettle roots has anti-inflammatory properties. This thus helps bring relief to symptoms of enlarged prostate because of its ability to reduce prostaglandins responsible for enlarging prostate.
When taken in tandem with other medicinal herbs, its effects are usually amazing. A good example of such herbs is palmetto.
It can help reduce the urge for frequent urination while also reducing urine and post-urination dripping.
When extracted into an oil-based solution, nettle roots can reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. It does that by interfering with the production of multiple inflammation hormones like tryptase and histamine.
It provides a wide variety of nutrients, and many of them act as antioxidants. Some of such nutrients include essential amino acids, vitamins, beta carotene, linolenic acid, lutein, palmitic acid, carotenoids, flavonoids, stearic acid, and many more.
Nettle roots also help protect heart health by reducing high blood pressure. It helps to stimulate the production of vasodilators that helps in relaxing blood vessel muscles and reduce the force on your heart.
In helps regulate blood sugar levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, nettle roots reduce the symptoms of hay fever such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and running nose.
It also acts as a pain reliever for joint aches when administered with anti-inflammatory medications like diclofenac.
Usage of Nettle Roots
Because of the medicinal properties of the nettle roots, it has been the most used part of the nettle plant (Urticadioica). It can be consumed as an extract, tea or tincture, tablet, capsule, and can also be applied topically as a cream. You can also find the pill form in the market.
In its tincture form, nettle root is diluted with water and taken about 3 to 4 times every day. The roots also contain lots of active compounds like alpha and beta-hydroxysitosterols, rutin, and quercetin, as well as nutrients which are all responsible for its diverse benefits.
What Are The Possible Side Effects?
The general side effects that often accompany the consumption of nettle roots extracts are:
- Digestive discomfort like stomach upset
- Modulated blood sugar level
- Dehydration, especially when co-administered with diuretics.
Who Shouldn’t Take Nettle Roots?
Consuming nettle roots are not safe for some groups of people because of their susceptibility to the supplement. Such people include:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding people: Nettle roots can trigger uterine contraction and so could lead to a possible miscarriage.
- Diabetics: it’s very important that you keep a watchful eye on your blood sugar level when taking it with ant diabetic drugs so it doesn’t go too low.
- People with low blood pressure: people at risk of low blood pressure and have been taking anti-hypertensive drugs with nettle drugs should immediately speak with their doctor. This might cause an excessive drop in blood pressure.
- Kidney condition patients: because it influences urine production, nettle might hence affect kidney functions. This might increase your risk of suffering dehydration.
Drug Interaction of Nettle Roots
Because of the various side effects that come with nettle roots consumption, it’s important you take note of some drugs that may cause interaction with nettle roots. You need to obtain optimum benefits from this root, so you should NOT take them with drugs like:
- High blood pressure medications – it could affect blood clotting
- Anti-diabetic drugs – when taken with anti-diabetic drugs, it could result in drastic low blood sugar level harmful to your health.
- Anti-hypersensitive drugs – this could also cause an excessive drop in blood pressure levels.
- Sedatives – this could cause severe drowsiness or sleepiness.
- Warfarin (Coumadin) – could reduce the effect of warfarin in reducing blood clotting because of its vitamin K content. Remember vitamin K enhances blood clotting.
There is no officially recommended dosage for the consumption of nettle root ingredients. So it’s important you speak with your doctor for appropriate dosage, which often depends on your age and health conditions.