Dong Quai is a native plant of China known as the Angelica Sinensis. “Dong Quai” in Chinese roughly translates as “Return to order” which reflects its brilliant medicinal benefits. Dong Quai is a natural plant packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent the work of free radicals which cause oxidation and damage to tissues.
The Latin name “Angelica” is thought to come from medieval folklore. The story states that a monk was visited by an angel that taught him the benefits of Dong Quai so that he could enrich the lives of others. The Dong Quai plant has a very strong aniseed flavour. This means it has been used in flavourings, scented oils and confectionary.
The active ingredient of Dong Quai are called Ferulic Acid and Courmarin. Dong Quai is rich in Vitamin A, B3, C, E, Cobalt, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.
Here are some health benefits of Dong Quai :
- Women are advised to take Dong Quai as it is used to balance the hormone Oestrogen. This can benefit symptoms of disorders such as pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause.
- A study found 39% of women taking daily Dong Quai stated that they had reduced menstrual cramping. A further 54% said it reduced cramping and they no longer require high dosages of pain relief medication.
- Dong Quai has colloquially been nicknamed “The Blood Mover” this is because it it rich in nutrients essential for blood health, such as Iron, Vitamin B3, B12, Folic Acid and Biotin.
- Dong Quai will also support both male and female fertility. The plant contains Ferulic acid which is clinically proven to improve sperm quality. Whereas for females ir supports production of reproductive hormones.
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