Health Benefits of Sumac

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

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10 Responses to Health Benefits of Sumac

  1. chantal says:

    Many thanks for your brilliant gift of knowledge.

  2. Katrina says:

    Thanks for that information. I have been enjoying sumac on avocado and wandered if as well as tasting sensational, had any health benefits. Am so pleased to find this article.

  3. Cruz says:

    Thank you. I just saw sumac in the store want to learn about to buy it. Most the info is about the poison sumac. Now i can start using it. Thank u

  4. Jeannette says:

    I didn’t know that sumac had health benefits. In Lebanon, we use it mainly in salads. There is a specific salad called “fattouch” with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion and other available greens, and we spice it with sumac, together with a lemon sauce (lemon,olive oil and salt). Try it, it’s delicious !

  5. DonEd Little says:

    Sumac can be kept year round I pick the berry clusters when they start to ripen and then keep them in five gallon buckets. I use ultra pure Aerobic Water, I fill the large mouth one gallon jars loosely with several red berry clusters and then fill with the aerobic water, I set two full jars out side in the sun leaving the berry water mixture out in the sun day and night for seven days. Then I bring the full gallon jars inside strain the red liquid into empty gallon wine bottles, and set the liquid up on the shelf until I am ready to use. I mix honey to the tea making a delicious cold drink and times I will fill a glass and set it on the hot plate of a coffee pot holder and allow it to warm up and have a delicious warm drink which substitutes for coffee.Delicious when sweetened with really raw honey. DonEd.

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