With today being Saint. Patrick’s Day, it seems appropriate to spend this blog talking about the popular holiday symbol: The Shamrock.
Shamrocks have been symbolic of several things over the years. According to urban legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad shape, which coincided with their belief that 3 was a mystical number in the Celtic region. As a plant, shamrocks are small annual herbs with leaves that are arranged in the manner of three leaflets. They produce stems that can grow as tall as three feet in height. Not only do they make a delicious snack for horses and cattle, but they can be used in your own daily life to enhance your dietary and health wishes.
Hypertension: Some of the unique properties of clover include its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, particularly within the cardiovascular system. In fact, some health studies have linked the use of clover tea to a significant reduction in the tension of arteries and blood vessels. This can help prevent coronary heart disease and a variety of other cardiovascular conditions.
Immune System: If you consume the green leaves of clover, you are much more likely to get a boost of vitamin C than if you were to consume it in the form of tea. Vitamin C is a powerful immune system booster that helps your body stimulate the production of white blood cells. Clover is also high in antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals, which cause degenerative diseases and cell mutation. Clover provides an overall immune system boost that includes preventing infections, both viral and bacterial.
Help Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels: If you are one who constantly struggles to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol, unfortunately you significantly increase your chances of heart attacks and strokes. Therefore, anything that can work to lower high cholesterol levels is extremely valuable. Clover contains an ingredient called coumarins, which have been shown to keep blood flowing smoothly while stimulating healthy circulation.
Low Calorie Count: Clover sprouts are an easy way to add flavor and crunch to your food without packing on the extra calories. A 100-gram serving of raw clover contains only 23 calories. To put that into perspective, a single slice of bacon, also used to add flavor and crunch, contains over 45 calories per slice. Including more low-calorie foods in your diet, can make it easier for you to balance your calories and maintain a healthy weight.
While you might not think of clovers as anything more than a Saint Patrick’s Day trend, they can actually do more for your health than you might imagine. Clovers and shamrocks provide protein, fiber, calcium, iron and vitamin C. Tossing them in your salad or as a topping on your sandwich can offer your body a number of health benefits.