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The Health Benefits of Juniper Berries

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
The Health Benefits of Juniper Berries

Following a gin and tonic boom, we've got used to seeing them decorated in umpteen ways. Juniper berries most commonly decorate them. They are the little dark balls floating with the ice, accompanied by a slice of lemon or cucumber. But juniper berries are used for much more than glass decoration, so in this OneHowTo article we will explain the health benefits of juniper berries.

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Historically, juniper was considered to be a diuretic. Advances in science have validated this popular belief for two reasons. First, for its high content of potassium, sodium nemesis and more importantly, for its content of terpenes that stimulate kidney cells.

So, juniper berries' diuretic properties can help if you have an excess of uric acid, hypertension, cystitis or gout, and for expelling small kidney stones.

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Juniper berries are also beneficial for diabetics. According to a study by the University of Granada (Spain), they found that taking this kind of food helped to reduce blood sugar levels at the same time as increasing the secretion of insulin.

It can be taken as a tea by adding a tablespoon of juniper berries to boiling water, but you must be careful, because excessive consumption can lead to excessive glucose levels. Remember that you should never substitute other medical treatments for diabetes, like insulin for example, when eating juniper berries.

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Now let's look at the large number of volatile oils that make juniper berries increase the level of digestive acids in the stomach. These acids are responsible for easy digestion, so the berries can help with digestion as well as lessening pain for people who suffer from certain gastrointestinal disorders.

Therefore, this berry is good for treating minor discomfort (such as gas or colic) as its chemical compounds stimulate the flow of bile so helping with better digestion.

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The oil from these berries is also used for topical problems such as acne, psoriasis or dandruff and even arthritic joints as it helps to regulate the fat content in the skin. It also has antiseptic properties that help to deeply cleanse skin and, therefore, eliminate impurities.

These berries are also used to treat cellulite because this ingredient is a natural diuretic, helping to clean your body inside and also reduce fluid retention (i.e. cellulite).

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However, you must be careful when taking juniper berries. Don't over-consume them because it may affect the absorption of iron in your body, which can cause anemia or other related conditions. If you are deficient in this mineral, consult a specialist before introducing these berries into your daily diet.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Tips
  • You can use them dried or fresh, but you should always grind them in a mortar beforehand to release their essence.
  • They are slightly bitter and have a very strong flavour, so use them sparingly.
  • Juniper berries can alter the absorption of iron. If you have an iron deficiency, consume them with caution.
  • They can also be dangerous to the kidneys, so if you suffer from kidney problems or are pregnant you should consult a specialist before using them.

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