Okay, we know what you’re thinking: "How could I possibly benefit from Japanese knotweed on my property?" After all, Japanese knotweed has earned itself a reputation as Britain’s most hated plant – and rightfully so.
Notorious for its negative impact on properties nationwide – including the ability to drive down house value – the earthy invader from Asia is about as welcome as a pimple on prom night.
That being said, even the worst offenders can have a glimmer of light in their blackened souls and Japanese knotweed is no different.
5 Benefits of Japanese Knotweed
Japanese knotweed can wreak havoc on your property, causing untold damage to structural foundations if left to grow and develop. That part is no secret.
That being said, the vexatious vine does pose some surprising upsides, particularly in the realms of healthcare and alternative medicine.
Japanese knotweed is a great source of resveratrol, as well as being a healthy source vitamin A and C, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese.
As a result, Japanese knotweed has shown to have some interesting benefits. Here are five beneficial perks of Japanese knotweed when implemented into diet and nutrition.
Japanese knotweed can have a positive impact on blood flow by contributing to better vasodilation of the arteries.
By modulating blood pressure, the reduction in strain and stress can thereby contribute to better cardiac health. Which brings us nicely to our next perk…
Poor diet and unhealthy meal choices can inevitably lead to complications down the line, with heart disease a notable consequence of this.
The resveratrol in Japanese knotweed is said to help lessen the effects of heart disease with its cardioprotective qualities, most notably in those with diabetes. Speaking of diabetes…
In addition to contributing to heart health for diabetics, Japanese knotweed can also have a direct effect on insulin absorption.
Resveratrol has been known to help prevent insulin resistance, acting as a blood sugar regulator. For those that suffer from blood sugar related issues, this can be invaluable.
Japanese knotweed is also said to have a positive effect on gastrointestinal ailments, such as constipation, contributing to digestive health and regularity.
Resveratrol is said to soothe abdominal stress with its natural laxative properties, providing relief from issues including stomach cramps and bloating.
Perhaps the most renowned health benefit of Japanese knotweed is its positive effect on cognitive health.
Resveratrol has been shown to have a preventative impact on neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, making JKW a supremely beneficial plant for brain health.
In addition to the aforementioned health perks, Japanese knotweed is also used for the treatment of oral ailments, like sore throats, gingivitis and even plaque build-up on teeth.
Meanwhile, it’s also commonly used for respiratory issues, such as lung disease, bronchitis and persistent coughs, as well as certain skin disorders.
Japanese Knotweed Removal
If dietary weeds and knotweed nutrition aren’t high on your list of priorities and you simply want shot of these surplus shoots, fear not.
At Taylor Weed Control, we have over 15 years’ experience in dealing with unwelcome, grass-invading guests. Call today and we'll be more than happy to help untangle your knotweed issues once and for all.
For more information on Japanese knotweed removal, call 029 2039 7554 now or click below to request a FREE knotweed survey of your outdoor space.
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