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kudzu

(ko͝od`zo͞o), plant of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family), native to Japan. Kudzu (Pueraria thunbergiana) has a woody stem, broad leaves, and clusters of large purple flowers. It is used as a cover crop, for pasturage and hay, and for controlling soil erosion; in Asia, it is cultivated for its edible tubers and hemplike fiber. It was introduced in the United States c.1876 as a decorative vine. Later promoted for erosion control, its rank growth on roadsides, rail embankments, and forest edges in the South earned it a reputation (due in part to overestimates of its spread) as a noxious weed. Kudzu is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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kudzu

A vine that takes over everything. Millions of acres are covered with this stuff. Leaves clustered in threes. Reddish purple flowers, hairy seedpods. Amazing stuff. It helps regenerate liver tissue while protecting against toxins- look out milk thistle! Kudzu has 100 times more antioxidant than vitamin E. The powdered root is a thickening agent for food. It gives a glisteny shine to stir fried foods and clear sauces. A dairy alternative in cooking. Relaxes blood vessels. Root tea used to clear intestinal blockages, yet help diarrhea, dysentery, headaches. Induces sweating (detox) while lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The whole plant is useable as a detox agent to clean the body of toxins, alcohol etc, while lowering desire for alcohol. The roots can be eaten and are a better source of estrogen than soy. Used in tumor prevention because it blocks the formation of tumor-feeding blood vessels. Said to be good for the spleen and stomach. Help ringing in ears (tinnitis)

kudzu

[′ku̇d‚zü]
(botany)
Any of various perennial vine legumes of the genus Pueraria in the order Rosales cultivated principally as a forage crop.
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It is very necessary to establish the relationship between the kudzu root growth period and nutrition change.
Suizhou Eryuefeng Food Co., Ltd., Suizhou City, Hubei Province, China, provided kudzu root (Pueraria lobata).
Under these conditions, it is clear that puerarin can be detected and the amounts of puerarin content exist in kudzu root during growth period.
After identifying the active ingredient in kudzu root as a compound called daidzin, the researchers synthesized it and injected it into 71 hamsters.
the Kudzu root (Gegen in Chinese), a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries, is widely employed to treat alcohol cravings, hangovers, indigestion, diabetes, and carclio-cerebral diseases (Zhang et al.
The study found that a kudzu root extract had beneficial effects on lab rats with metabolic syndrome.
Kudzu root "may provide a dietary supplement that significantly decreases the risk and severity of stroke and cardiovascular disease in at-risk individuals," the article notes.
You can purchase the valuable kudzu root in a digestible form at local health food stores, macrobiotic food companies, and Asian markets.
Kudzu root (Radix pueraria from Pueraria lobata), which has recently become commercially available in Western dietary supplements, is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, and it is a rich source of isoflavone glucosides.
The kudzu root extract concentration in the diet was chosen based on our previous studies (Peng et al.
To investigate whether long-term exposure to kudzu root extract alters plasma glucose and insulin tolerance, mice were maintained on a polyphenol-free AIN 93M diet with or without the addition of 0.2% kudzu root extract for 8 months (9 mice per diet group per strain).
A pilot study exploring the effect of kudzu root on the drinking habits of patients with chronic alcoholism.