The incredible benefits of kuzu, a root already used in Japan to treat anxiety 2,000 years ago
Two millennia ago, Japanese healers used kuzu root to treat hangovers and nervousness. It is just one of the many applications and benefits it brings. And it can be easily bought in Spain.
The oriental foods they are increasingly present in our diet. Ingredients like kuzu root they were impossible to find in our country just a few years ago. But now they even sell it on Amazon.
The kuzu root It is a starch (that’s why it is white in color) that is extracted from the root of Pueraria Lobata, a plant native to Asia. It is one of the 50 foundational herbs of traditional Chinese medicine, and it is also widely used in Japan. In other countries it is known by the name of Kudzu.
Due to its starch condition, it not only has healing properties. Too it is used a lot in the kitchen as a thickener, to compensate for the acidity of certain sweets, and even as a coating.
As our colleague Andrea Núñez-Torrón explains in TICbeat, kuzu root is used to reduce high blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, improve chronic migraines and relieve muscle tension.
It also helps treat intestinal disorders, improves the microbiota and balances the flora, restores peristaltic mobility and regenerates the intestinal villi. It also improves the absorption of nutrients and activates the immune system.
Thanks to its vasodilatory action also reduces stress and anxiety, and helps you sleep at night.
In case these benefits are not enough for you, it turns out that it is also very useful in the kitchen. Thanks to its starch condition helps thicken sauces and create jellies. And how has a neutral flavor, it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. It is usually mixed with soy sauce.
Another very common use is to sprinkle on the vegetables or fish before frying them, to give them a layer of batter.
As we say today it is very easy to find kuzu root in any food store or herbalist. For example you have it on Amazon with a price of about 10 euros per 100 grams. It seems like a lot, but keep in mind that being starch, it weighs very little.