Rhubarb root uses include both food and medicine, although slightly different species are used for different purposes. As a food, we often see a species of Rhubarb called Rheum rhabarbarum .This is grown as an edible plant, and the part that is used is the red stalks. This plant springs up as one of the first spring greens. The celery-like stalk turns red and is called a petiole. It has a distinctive sour flavor and is rich in vitamins and low in calories. Although these stalks would be considered as a vegetable, it also crosses over into being considered a fruit since it is used in dessert preparations such as the famous Rhubarb pie and is often mixed with other fruits such as strawberries.
The root of the Rhubarb plant is the part that is used as a medicine. Rhubarb root contains an array of naturally occurring chemical components called anthranoids (hydroxyanthracene derivatives, “anthraquinones”), several glycosides, and tannins, all of which may contribute to its health-supportive properties.
Rhubarb has been used traditionally to ‘purge heat’ in TCM and to resolve stasis. In western terms this can relate to helping to move the bowels and support circulation. Are you looking for a great digestive product? Then give our Rhubarb Root a try! Nature’s Answer Rhubarb Root Concentrated extract has been enjoyed by thousands of satisfied customers since 1972.