Nettle Nutrition

Stinging nettle

contains  contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals. Stinging nettles contain Vitamin A (in higher amounts than carrots), B1, B2, B3, B5, E, and vitamin C. This plant is also an excellent source of vitamins like calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and many other essential trace elements. The leaves of this plant contain formic acid, chlorophyll, serotonin, acetylcholine, and tannins.

White dead nettle

contains tannins, mucus, essential oil, saponins, choline, biogenic amines (histamine, tyramine and methylamine), flavonglycosides (e.g isoqueritrine), phenylpropanoid glycosides, chlorogenic acid.

It also contains rutoside, quercetin and kaempferol and iridoid glycosides (lamalbid, alboside A and B, and caryoptoside).

A Few Reminders Before Using Nettle

Nettle offers impressive amounts of health benefits and helps the body function more optimally, but it should still be noted that there are contraindications on the use of this herb. Nettle, despite the variety of health benefits it offers, can still interfere with numerous medications and cause a variety of adverse health effects if taken without the supervision or recommendation of a healthcare professional.

Be sure to inquire if it is safe to use this herb and in what form it is advisable. According to the Natural Medicines Database, nettle is “likely unsafe” during pregnancy. However, it may help build a good milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. To ensure your and your child’s safety, consult your doctor before using nettle.It is also advisable for diabetics to avoid it.