May 7, 2018

Juniper berry or Juniperus communis is not actually a fruit but a modified seed cone. The fleshy berries have a slight bitter taste and are often used as a spice in European cooking. Juniper berries have been found to have several medicinal uses and is used in different ways which include extracting the juice, drying and crushing, using the oil, etc.

Nutrient content of Juniper Berry
For every 100gma of juniper berries the nutrient value is approximately:

Energy: 1226.4 kJ
Protein: 4 g
Fat – total: 16 g
         • saturated: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 33 g
         • Sugars: 0 g
Sodium: 0 mg
Uses of Juniper Berry
As mentioned earlier one of the most common uses of juniper berries is as a spice in cooking. The distinctive flavor of the berries makes it great for uses in meat and fish preparations. The berry has also been used for generation to treat several medical conditions. Juniper berries are used to facilitate normal kidney function and treat urinary tract disease.

Studies have found the berry is high in antioxidants and could be used to treat problems affecting blood circulation. The berry contains 4-terpinen which is effective in lowering blood uric acid levels and treating digestive problems. The essential oils of juniper berry can be used in anti-aging formulas because they have been found to neutralize free radicals.

Essential oil from juniper berries was found to have antibacterial properties according to one study conducted in 2010. The oil inhibited growth of several strains of bacteria showing promising results for the use of this oil as an antiseptic.

Juniper berries have also been used as an anti-inflammatory agent and used to treat several conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, open wounds, and even respiratory tract congestions. Formulations prepared from juniper berries are also used in the treatment of skin conditions.

Juniper berry is most commonly used by extracting the juice of the berries or by drying and crushing them. A tea can also be made by steeping the berries in boiling water. More commercial formulations extract the essential oils of the berry. The recommended dose of juniper berries is 2 to 10 grams of the dried berries or 20-100ml of the oil per day.

Overuse of the berry has been known to cause kidney problems and its use needs to be restricted to not longer than six weeks. People who have pre-existing kidney problems have been cautioned against the use of juniper berry preparations without consulting with a physician first.

Juniper berries have been found to have several medicinal benefits. Studies of the berry's properties have shown encouraging results for its use in as an anti-oxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.

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