The use of natural remedies to cure or alleviate minor ailments is increasingly the order of the day. An example of this is the studies that have recently been prepared and are still being developed on the dahlia, a flower of Mexican origin that has surprised by its benefits and properties for the health of the human body.
And it is that this plant -declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963-, was already used by the ancient Aztec peoples. On the one hand, it was a constant decoration at parties thanks to its flowery views, but it was also consumed regularly to relieve infections developed in the ears and eyes, as well as conditions related to the digestive system.
But, in addition to having medicinal properties, it has also been discovered that its nutritional content has very positive effects on the body. Due to the different varieties that can be found within the dahlia species, the dominance of one or another property varies, but all of them have benefits like the ones we tell you about below.
Health benefits of dahlia
As anticipated, the consumption of this plant in one way or another has great positive effects on the body, although depending on the variety consumed, some benefits or others will predominate. In any case, some of the medicinal and nutritional properties that dahlias have been studied are the following:
The high content of dietary fiber can be found in the tubers of the plant and that is especially useful in the case of people who suffer from episodes of constipation, as well as to regulate intestinal transit. In addition, it has also been found that it can prevent the development of colon cancer by preventing the growth and development of pathogens that are related to this disease.
Fungicidal and bacteriostatic properties, especially its benzoic acid content and which have a special effect in the case of the E.Coli bacteria. However, it must be taken into account that its way of acting is not by killing bacteria, but rather it prevents them from reproducing in such a way that when they die they do so without leaving offspring in the body.
It works as an expectorant of natural origin, so it can help alleviate the symptoms of respiratory problems and very common illnesses such as the flu or cold, having a higher incidence in the case of chronic cough.
It is a remarkable source of protein, with levels similar to corn. Therefore, its consumption can help to reach the daily protein intake recommended by experts.
In its tubers, the presence of a substance known as inulin has also been discovered. It is a type of polysaccharide that is very present in foods of plant origin that serves as a source of fiber. Other benefits of inulin are that it helps to regulate the levels of glucose and cholesterol present in the blood, as well as to lose weight by producing a feeling of fullness in the stomach that prevents itching between meals.
Another of the properties of dahlia is that its consumption can help regulate insulin and triglycerides, so it is especially recommended in people who suffer from high cholesterol and diabetes.
It reduces the risk of suffering from west porosis because this plant improves the absorption of minerals, especially calcium.
It improves the intestinal flora, that is, the set of microorganisms that are found inside the intestinal system and that are essential for the optimal development of the organs, for the metabolic function, or in the maintenance of the immune system in good condition.
They provide large doses of metabolic energy, which is the chemical energy that the body obtains from the food and nutrients it consumes.
Learn a little more about this flower
The name of the dahlia comes in honor of the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl and today you can find more than 40 different varieties such as the cactus dahlia, the decorative dahlia, or the pompom dahlia, despite the fact that some of them have been declared a species in extinction.
But how is dahlia consumed? One of the most common ways to do it is in the form of an infusion, the preparation of which is very simple. The first step is to cut a few slices of the tuber of the plant and then add them to a little boiling water and, after a few minutes, they are removed to consume the tea that some people sweeten with a little sugar or honey.
However, the infusion is not the only way to consume the dahlia, but it can also be eaten fresh or well cooked, either in the form of a sauce or jam or in accessories such as salads and other typical dishes of Mexican cuisine. In addition, more and more people are choosing to grind the plant into the flour with which to make bread, cookies, and other products.
In this way, not only can you avoid consuming processed flours, but a good dose of carbohydrates is provided to the body. But not all dahlias taste the same but depending on their variety and color of the petals they can have some flavors or others. For example, white-flowered dahlias are more acidic than yellow ones, while red ones have a subtle sweet touch that makes them more suitable for use in jellies and desserts.
As has been proven, the dahlia is a plant that provides numerous benefits to the body and can be found in herbalists and stores related to these products. Another option is to grow the dahlia at home, since it is a plant that does not need too much care beyond having a location where abundant direct sunlight reaches it and is protected from the wind, in addition to having regular watering but not excessive.
Especially resistant to pests or diseases, having a dahlias plantation at home will not only allow you to use their properties and health benefits, but they will also bring a great touch of color and joy to your garden or balcony thanks to their beautifully colored flowers. which are open from the beginning of summer to the end of autumn.