Epazote is an annual herb and goes by the scientific name of Dysphania ambrosioides. It was formerly called Chenopodium ambrosioides, and is also commonly known as worm seed, Jesuit’s tea, Mexican-tea. Found as an ingredient in soups, tamales, egg dishes, chilies, moles, and quesadillas, its flavor is similar to a citrus, minty flavor, which makes it really versatile as a flavoring agent.
Epazote contains a variety of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorous and zinc. It also consists of dietary fiber and protein.
Lets take a look at what benefits this nutrient dense herb offers:
As in most leafy greens, epazote has a high amount of fiber, which helps in the digestive process and promotes smooth bowel movements. Hence, the functionality of the gastrointestinal system is improved, which prevents constipation, cramping, bloating, and chronic conditions. In folk medicine, epazote was used to alleviate flatulence and relieve indigestion.
Epazote has 32 calories per 100 grams, and yet is loaded with nutrients and organic compounds that are essential to your body. Hence, if you want to lose weight without depriving yourself of valuable nutrients, this fibrous nutrient dense herb can be a great addition to your diet.
Epazote was used in traditional medicine, to treat various kinds of worms. Hookworms, ring worms, roundworms, and other parasitic worms in the body can be inactivated by the anti parasitic ingredients in Epazote, which makes it ideal to add to your diet. This property is especially useful in areas where water filtration and basic sanitary conditions may not be available.
The B-complex vitamins are an important element in human health and each B vitamin has a slightly different function. The B vitamins are all generally linked with the health and functionality of the metabolic system. It has all of the 6 different B vitamins in some amount, particularly Folic acid, which is essential for proper development and growth. A single serving of epazote can provide more than 50% of the daily recommended amount of Folic acid.
Vitamin A is found in epazote in moderation, along with many other carotenes and antioxidants, making this herb beneficial for the immune system. The antioxidants in epazote protects the skin from free radicals thus preventing any oxidative damage, and some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.