No, marshmallow root is nothing like the candy marshmallows that you roast over an open fire. Marshmallow root, known as Althea officinalis, is an herb known for its mucilage that is full of polysaccrides. So what do those terms mean and how do they impact our bodies?
Mucilage is a thick, glue type substance found in most plants. It is both used as storage and to support/maintain membranes. Various types of succulent or cactus tend to have high levels of mucilage, as well as, flax seeds.
It is known to help protect the mucous membranes in the body and in particular, in the gut, by providing a type of salve over irritated, inflamed or ulcerative membranes, allowing the membrane to heal. The root mucilage is known to work anywhere in the body, whereas the leaf mucilage only works in the gastro-intestinal tract.
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Dr. Holly is a naturopathic doctor that holds a PhD in Psychology and Biochemistry, specializing in balancing mind, body and energy of the system.
Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care practitioner.