Sumac: Health Benefits in Your Food

  • on February 21, 2016
sumac benefits

Exceptionally High In Antioxidants,

Sumac Tops the List of All Antioxidant Spices

Sumac Health Benefits

Know Your Sumac in Your Kitchen

Sumac is little known to North Americans although it grows plenty nationwide, and was well used by the Native Americans as a medicine to many ailments. Among the 10 top antioxidant foods, sumac tops the list.

It is followed by the ground cloves, the dried oregano, the dried rosemary, the thyme, and the ground cinnamon and turmeric (ref Natural Solution Lifestyle).

Sumac in The Lebanese Cuisine

Sumac in Zaatar Bread ManoushSumac is used in our cuisine to sparkle foods with a zesty-lemony flavor. It is that particular zesty fragrant that is famously enjoyed in our Man’oush, the Zaatar Baked Bread, and related recipes, as it is a main part of the Zaatar mixture.

We also use it to enhance the rich Fattoush Salad with a zesty flavor, as well as the Beef Shawarma, among others. In various of our dishes, Sumac substitutes the lemon simply and deliciously.

SumacI had the opportunity once to watch a senior relative harvesting the Sumac berries from her garden in a Northern village.

Her hands would turn a burning dark red as she sorted them out, and forged them, before spreading them on a linen sheet, in her patio, for the sun to dry them. It was like submitting them to a natural cooking process that took weeks!

By the time they were ready to be used, the large spread has disappeared into a small quantity. It makes one appreciate the little jar of sumac in the spice shelf of our kitchen.


Sumac: Health Benefits

Sumac Health BenefitsNative Americans knew better than disregarding these beautifully colored shrubs. They drank it, sweetened with maple syrup, as a cold invigorating drink. They would also warm the infusion into hot tea.

From treating blisters and rashes to diarrhea, hemorrhage and asthma, among other ailments, they were not certainly wrong.

On the other side of the world, in Lebanon, Sumac was also used as medicine to fight colds and sore throats, and strengthen the body system, among others.


Today, scientific studies have come to demonstrate the following benefits of the Sumac:

Sumac Health Benefits

  1. Exceptionally high in antioxidant properties than most common spices, vegetables and fruits
  2. Lowers Bad Cholesterol Levels
  3. Promotes Better Cardiovascular Health
  4. Fights Aging and Diseases
  5. Helps with Type 2 Diabetes
  6. Lowers Significantly Blood Glucose Levels, and Improves Glycemic Control
  7. Helps Prevent and Treat Atherosclerosis, which is a deadly coronary artery disease
  8. Contains Antibacterial and Antimicrobial properties
  9. Fights Diarrhea, Hemorrhage, Colds, Sore Throat, and Tuberculosis  
  10. Treats Asthma, Ulcers, and Osteoporosis
  11. Can help with Joint Disease Therapy
  12. Treats Rashes, Boils and Blisters
  13. Helps with Eye Health, Ear Health and Heart Health
  14. Good Wash of STD

Sumac Tea

To make Sumac Tea, the berries should be soaked in water and not boiled. Boiling the Sumac berries releases their Tannic acid in the water. The liquid is then filtered well, sweetened if desired, and consumed cold or heated


Disclaimer: The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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