Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) is commonly known as nettle, common nettle, or stinging nettle. The species is an herbaceous perennial with a spreading growth habit. Growing 4-6 feet tall, stinging nettle produces numerous erect and wiry stems that hold up its opposite, roughly textured, serrated leaves.1-4 It produces small, inconspicuous greenish-brownish flowers that emerge as axillary inflorescences.2 The stems … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Use of Stinging Nettle Extract Helps Improve Fasting Glucose, Hepatic Enzyme, and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus remains one of the most common diseases. One of its signs, hyperglycemia, is a major predisposing factor for oxidative stress, as it disrupts the natural equilibrium that protects the body from tissue-damaging effects of free radicals. In patients with diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress can lead to microvascular and macrovascular complications precipitated by the … Continue reading Use of Stinging Nettle Extract Helps Improve Fasting Glucose, Hepatic Enzyme, and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus