Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that is indigenous to many Asian countries. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.
Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.
It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti fungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactagogue, insecticidal, sedative, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments
Lemon Grass Nutrition
Lemon grass delivers nutritional benefits, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. A 1-cup serving of lemon grass contains more than 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and folate. The most concentrated mineral in lemon grass is manganese, with 175 percent of the recommended intake. Manganese is an essential nutrient and may be used as treatment for osteoporosis, anemia and pre-menstrual syndrome, according to MedlinePlus.com.