Ingredient Name: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
What is it? Stinging nettle is a plant native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. The benefits of stinging nettle were used even by the ancient Greeks, who used it as a tonic for overall wellness. In fact, Hippocrates described over 60 uses for this herb. Nettle is packed nutrients, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, K, and B. Don't let the name scare you; nettles lose their stinging ability once they’re processed through drying or brewing!*
*= This information has not been approved by the FDA.
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