Sumac Powder-Usage & Health Benefits

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Sumac PowderSumac Powder is a spice extracted from the dried and crushed berries of the non- poisonous variety of ‘Poison Ivy'. The uses and benefits of this unusual spice are given below.


 


Uses of Sumac Powder


Sumac powder is used mainly as a medicine,  a culinary spice, or as a dye.


 


1. Culinary


Sumac is an excellent substitute for lemon and vinegar because of its sourness and astringency. It is an indispensible spice in the Arabic cuisine, and is also used in Middle -Eastern (Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek) and Indian food to rub on meats and kebabs. It is often used in Lebanon and Syria to impart taste to many sea food recipes. It is used to flavor marinades, stuffing’s , legumes, rice, breads, soups, stews, rice dishes, casseroles, salad dressings, dips, fish, chicken, rice pilaf, etc. It is also used as a natural colorant in different food recipes. It can be used on the table as a condiment to replace salt and pepper.

 


2. Medicinal


Traditionally Sumac powder has been used therapeutically to cure many ailments. It is known to have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Researchers are currently exploring the role of this spice as a hypoglycemic agent (reduces blood glucose levels) to prevent chronic health conditions like hyperglycemia, diabetes, and obesity. Work carried out on animal module also suggests that when animals drank water supplemented with sumac, it was found that there was less oxidized DNA bases in their colons, livers, lungs and lymphocytes indicating its role as a valuable antioxidant (scavenges mutagenic free radicals). It is also a natural diuretic.


 


Health benefits of Sumac powder


  • Treats bed wetting and urinary problems as it is a diuretic

  • Reduces fever

  • Ease upset stomach, constipation and other bowel conditions


 


If you are fascinated by sumac powder and what it has to offer to you, read more about Sumac Leaf Benefits.


 


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