Juniper

Juniper

Formal Name: Juniperus communis
Supplement Forms: Berries, leaves

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

Juniper berries have been found in Egyptian tombs, despite the fact that the plant did not grow natively in Egypt. It is widely believed that juniper was imported into Egypt from Greece. Junipers were used widely in Greek culture as a culinary ingredient, and by athletes as a stamina booster. Romans used the plant as a replacement for black pepper, which was much more expensive at the time.

Bodily Functions Juniper Assists

Juniper berries are primarily used to bolster the urinary tract. In addition, some studies indicate that consuming juniper berries may reduce a person’s blood pressure. Juniper berries also provide antioxidants and may relieve pain and inflammation when used externally.

Foods High in Juniper

Juniper is the key flavoring ingredient in gin. For a healthier alternative, you can brew herbal tea using dried juniper berries.

Ailment That Juniper Eliminates:
  • Acts a diuretic to prevent water retention
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Treats psoriasis of the scalp
  • May relieve arthritis pain
  • Stimulates the appetite and improves digestion
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Do not consume juniper berries for more than a few weeks at a time
  • Pregnant women should avoid juniper berries
  • People with kidney disorders should not consume juniper berries
  • Diabetics should consult their doctor before consuming juniper berries

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