Perilla Leaf or Shiso Leaf is found in Asia including Japan, India, and China and used in cooking and as an herb. Perilla Leaf is full of Omega 3 fatty acids and Alpha Lipoic Acid… and thus helps prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes. According to the University of Maryland Alpha Lipoic Acid helps lowers cholesterol and trigs levels… and also works to alleviate depression, and helps treat cancer and arthritis too. Perilla Leaf is a good anti-inflammatory agent thus helping with respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds, and flues (A double blind study showed that taking Perilla Oil increased lung function). And Perilla Leaf has been used for stress… and Perilla Leaf sooths the GI tract thus helping with abdominal pains, vomiting, food poisoning, and Perilla Leaf has been used to preserve food. Perilla Leaf contains Vitamins C, A, B’s, K, and also protein, and wonderful minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese, calcium… and Perilla Leaf is low in calories and high in fiber. Perilla Leaf can be used in juices, salads, pickles, and also sushi… check for it at your local Asian Market.

 

Paul Haider – Master Herbalist

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