Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Top Classification: Aesculus
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (Decreasing
Among the benefits of horse chestnut, its action stands out to: Improve capillary fragility, Help in the treatment of venous insufficiency (poor circulation), such as: varicose veins, leg fatigue, hemorrhoids and edema. Its effects occur thanks to the composition of a complex mixture of saporins, which trigger various biological actions due to their surface-active properties (which reduce surface tensions). In addition, the 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 the anti-varicose action.
Treatment of varicose veins: The horse chestnut has been considered a great ally to alleviate the effects of varicose veins. As it is a vasoconstrictor, a process opposite to vasodilation, and is anti-edema, researches bet that the components contained in the seeds of the chestnut help to treat varicose veins and also other related diseases, such as poor circulation, swelling and tiredness in the legs.
Reduces capillary fragility: The horse chestnut helps to reduce and improve capillary fragility thanks to the presence of a mixture of saponins, which have tensoactive actions.
Lowers cholesterol: One of the benefits of horse chestnut is its bad cholesterol (LDL) control effect. As it is composed of 60% of good fats for the body, it can increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
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 an anti-inflammatory action, so it is also used as a treatment for inflammation and to strengthen our body’s immunity.
Helps in the treatment of arthritis: This fruit helps in the treatment of arthritis precisely because it is an anti-inflammatory food. Thus, people who suffer from the disease can find in this chestnut a way to alleviate the symptoms of the disease, such as joint pain.
Helps 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 Indian nut, in these cases, it is recommended to consume its tea.
It has hemostatic function: One of the main benefits of India nut is its hemostatic function, that is, it can contain hemorrhages.