What are the benefits of Horse Chestnut?
Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Higher classification: Aesculus
Preservation state: Near threatened (Descending)
Among the benefits of horse chestnut, its action stands out for: Improve hair fragility, Help in the treatment of venous insufficiency (poor circulation), such as: varicose veins, tiredness in the legs, hemorrhoids and edema. Its effects occur thanks to the composition of a complex mixture of saponins, which trigger various biological actions due to their surfactant properties (which decrease surface tensions). In addition, horse chestnut is a source of flavonoids, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, fatty acids, proteins, tannins, and phytosterols, which play an important role in antiviral action.
Treatment of varicose veins: Horse chestnut has been considered a great ally to alleviate the effects of varicose veins. Because it is vasoconstrictor, a process opposed to vasodilation, and is anti-edema, research bet that the components contained in the nut seeds help treat varicose veins and also other related diseases such as poor circulation, swelling and tiredness in the legs.
Reduces hair fragility: Horse chestnut helps to decrease and improve hair fragility thanks to the presence of a mixture of saponins, which have surfactants actions.
Lowers cholesterol: One of the benefits of horse chestnut is its bad cholesterol (LDL) control effect. Because it is made up of 60% fat good for the body, it can increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
Consequently, it helps to protect our body from possible heart disease, reducing the risk of complications in the cardiovascular system.
Anti-inflammatory: Horse chestnut has anti-inflammatory action, so it is also used to treat inflammation and to strengthen the immunity of our body.
Helps in the treatment of arthritis: This fruit helps in the treatment of arthritis precisely because it is an anti-inflammatory food. In this way, people suffering from the disease can find in this chestnut a way to alleviate the symptoms of the disease, such as joint pain.
Assists in the treatment of skin inflammation: It is recommended for the treatment of some skin inflammation such as dermatitis, eczema, red spots with small blisters that spread throughout the body. To use the horse chestnut in these cases, it is recommended to consume its tea.
Has hemostatic function: One of the main benefits of the horse chestnut is its hemostatic function, i.e. it can stop bleeding.