Sumac is a spice and herb that grows in Europe and the Middle East— and it’s not the same as poison sumac.
Sumac is a great antioxidant that scavenges away free radicals and Sumac lowers blood sugar and also helps regulate blood sugar levels. And studies show that Sumac rids the colon, liver, and other parts of the body of oxidized free radicals. Sumac sooths the GI tract (Stomach and intestines) and helps when you have eaten too much. Also Sumac is a good diuretic… and can reduce fevers from colds and flues.
Sumac berries are full of Vitamin C and it’s also a good antimicrobial agent. Sumac is anti-inflammatory too… and works great for arthritis and skin inflammation. Also Sumac is wonderful for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, colds, and flues.
And Sumac is full of Omega 3 fatty acids thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Sumac can be taken in capsules… but most people add it to rice, beans, fish and seafood, it tastes great! Sumac berries make a nice cold drink that’s very refreshing… and also the inner bark of the Sumac tree is very sweet.
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist