There are several plants and herbs that play significant roles in our everyday living especially in terms of their beneficial healing and therapeutic properties.
Among these important plants is the sumac, which is of the rhus genus and of the family of Anacardiaceae. Also pronounced as sumach or Sumaq, this plant ideally survives better in the temperate and subtropical regions of the world.
Other species of Rhus include; Rhus vernix, Rhus toxicodendron, Rhus diversiloba, Toxicodendron vernix, syn. and poison sumac. The name sumac is derived from the word sumâqâ, which means red.
The use of sumac fruits has been on the increase because it is an excellent source of organic acids, myricetin, anthocyanin, kaempferol, gallotannis, flavones, volatile oil, tartaric acids, phenolic acids, malic acid, hydrolysable tannins, anthocyanin, citric acids, flavonols and quercetin, which are all beneficial to human health.
Sumac is a shrub that can grow approximately up to 10 m tall and the leaves are normally arranged spirally while the flowers are densely clustered as spikes or panicles. The sumac fruits densely cluster together in the form of reddish drupes known as sumac bobs.
The dried Rhus specie sumac bobs are usually ground to form flavourful tangy spices used for seasoning food such as kebab, salad, beverages and meat etc. However, species like skunkbush sumac, littleleaf sumac, R. aromatica, staghorn sumac and smooth sumac are usually planted for ornamental purposes.
Amazing Benefits of Sumac
1. Antioxidizing Properties
Sicilian sumac (Rhus coriaria L.) and staghorn sumac (Rhus hirta L.) contain anti-oxidizing and free radical scavenging properties that are highly beneficial to human health. The powerful antioxidant contents of sumac is as a result of the presence of flavonoids and polyphenols like anthocyanins in the plant.
2. Promotes Cardiovascular system
Studies reveal that sumac is very beneficial for the healthy functioning of the human’s cardiovascular system as a result of the high content of tannin antioxidants in the plant.
3. Antimicrobial Properties
Sumac contains antimicrobial properties thus can be used for fighting microbial organisms such as Salmonella typhimurium.
4. Tanning and Dyeing Purposes
Sumac leaves especially the pyrogallol specie produces tannin that is used for dyeing and tanning.
5. Culinary Purposes
Spices are an important part of cooking so the dried Rhus specie sumac bobs can be ground into flavourful tangy spices used for seasoning food and adding flavour to drinks.
6. Indigestion Treatment
Sumac can be infused and taken to treat indigestion.
7. Antifungal Properties
Rhus coriaria seeds contain anti-fungal properties, which help to fight against disease-causing pathogens.
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This post is for enlightenment purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional diagnostic and treatments. Remember to always consult your healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions or for counselling, guidance and treatment about a specific medical condition.
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