In this sense, people still cultivate doubts about its benefits and also the way the drink is prepared. It is important to emphasize that her inclusion in any treatment must be supervised by a physician.
“Lettuce is perhaps one of the most common plants on people’s tables around the world. You can easily find it in the supermarket and you can even grow it at home”, says biologist and plant specialist Daniel Forjaz, from the Autor da Própria Saúde channel .
Benefits of Lettuce Tea
Lettuce is a vegetable that is present in people’s diet. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and it also contains mineral salts such as zinc, potassium, iron and magnesium. It also contains beta-carotene, pectin and lactucin.
“ Lettuce is popularly used as a tranquilizer to facilitate sleep , to lower blood pressure and in some cases even for intestinal problems such as diarrhea if lettuce tea is used”, says Forjaz.
With regard to the other health benefits that lettuce can bring, it helps to improve vision, helps to eliminate free radicals, and helps in the healing process of some wounds.
The tea prepared from the use of vegetables helps in the formation of blood cells, which results in the prevention of cases of anemia . Regarding the balance of minerals important for the body, lettuce is an excellent food.
Other benefits linked to lettuce are: it contributes to the metabolism of proteins , fats and carbohydrates; it helps in the proper functioning of the muscles and strengthens the airways.
Lettuce is also anxiolytic . “Three Indian studies showed that lettuce tea is a powerful anxiolytic, and it can also be consumed in green juices”, details Forjaz.
As for diabetes , lettuce has many properties. “A substance isolated from lettuce called lactuca chantina has the ability to inhibit the functioning of two digestive enzymes, one of which is amylase and the other glucosidase, which has the power to break down sugar during digestion,” he explains.
After this breakdown, sugar is absorbed by the body. If these enzymes do not work, the sugar is not broken down and it is not absorbed by the intestine and does not enter the bloodstream. “Lettuce has an important action to prevent the rise in blood glucose after meals. This is an important factor in controlling type 2 diabetes,” says Forjaz.
Lettuce tea helps with weight loss
Lettuce is a food that has a low caloric index . At the same time, the many nutrients that appear in its composition make lettuce a food more than recommended to preserve human health.
Just to give you an idea, 50 grams of lettuce has less than 10 calories. It also has a high amount of fiber, which the body reverts to benefits for bowel regulation .
In this way, it helps to avoid constipation. In the process of weight loss, keeping the intestine fully functioning represents excellent gains. Fiber also promotes a feeling of satiety. In other words, it will take you longer to feel hungry.
How to prepare lettuce tea
- 1 liter of filtered water;
- 80 grams of lettuce.
Method of preparation
The first step in preparing lettuce tea comes from choosing the vegetable. Preferably it has to be grown away from pesticides. Before using, wash the lettuce well with plenty of running water.
With the lettuce leaves sanitized, bring the water to a boil in a pot with a lid. As soon as it starts bubbling, turn off the heat and add the lettuce leaves. Let the recipe sit for five minutes with the pan covered.
After this time, use a sieve to remove the used lettuce and the drink will be ready to drink. According to experts, the recommendation is that the daily intake does not exceed three cups.
Care with the use of lettuce
Although lettuce is a non-toxic vegetable, indicated to be included in people’s consumption, with regard to treatments with the ingredient, people should pay attention. This alert applies to those who have some specific problems.
Lettuce tea is indicated to lower blood pressure, those who already have low blood pressure should not be treated with it . “In these cases, lettuce will further lower blood pressure, especially as a medical treatment. In terms of food, it can be consumed without any problem”, advises Forjaz.
When used continuously by men, lettuce seed has the power to potentially reduce sperm production , causing infertility. “So, if you’re thinking about having children, don’t be treated with lettuce”, endorses the plant specialist.
It is important to highlight that, when the use of lettuce seed is suspended by the man, with a short time, the production of sperm returns to normal.
For the lettuce to bring the desired effect to the body, it is important that the consumption of the vegetable is done sequentially. “If you want a change in the organism, you must make continuous use”, emphasizes Forjaz.