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Eat Lemongrass

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Description

Lemongrass, or Cymbopogon citratus, is a plant native to Southeast Asia with a citrus scent and lemon-like flavor. It can be consumed in several ways, the most popular being in tea or food such as soup, chicken, or stir fry.

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Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer properties
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Contains many essential vitamins and minerals
  • Reduces bloating
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Required Equipment

  • Knife
  • Boiling water
  • Tea
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How to Do It

If preparing your own lemongrass, be sure to cut off the bulbous part on the bottom of the stalk. The stalk itself is edible, but it is tough and chewy, therefore many people choose to remove it before consuming lemongrass.

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Why it works

Certain studies showed that Lemongrass has proven to cause cancer cell death through apoptosis after altering the cell’s membrane potential and increasing the reactive oxygen species in the cell. More studies are being done.

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Time Commitment

15 mins per day

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Suggested Frequency

Several times per week

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Time of Day

Any time

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Chris Pratt

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Possible Side Effects

  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Skin irritation
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Tips

  • If you are having trouble finding lemongrass, try visiting your local Asian market.
  • You can store lemongrass in the freezer for up to six months.
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Supporting Studies

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  1. https://www.zliving.com/health/relieve-herb-lemongrass-cancer-prevention-65326/
  2. https://honestcooking.com/eat-like-celebrity-20-celebrities-favorite-foods/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217679/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/cymbopogon-citratus
  5. Dudai N, Weinstein Y, Krup M, Rabinski T, Ofir R. Citral is a new inducer of caspase-3 in tumor cell lines. Planta Med. 2005 May;71(5):484-8. PubMed PMID: 15931590.
  6. Ghosh, Kavisa. (2013). Anticancer effect of lemongrass oil and citral on cervical cancer cell lines. Pharmacognosy Communications. 3. 41-48. 10.5530/pc.2013.4.6.
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 Health  Digestion  Immunity
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