Sorry to disappoint you all. This is not a post about me trying to cure myself of Crohn’s by eating copious amounts of marshmallow that I end up giving myself early onset diabetes. No matter how sweet and sickly that experiment would have been, I just can’t justify it to myself. This post is actually about a new supplement I am taking. I went to go an see a naturopath a little while ago who said that my body is a bit of a mess. No s**t. But after two weeks of taking her advice, I am definitely starting to feel the difference. So what I want to do over these next couple of posts is research the supplements and spread the word. This first one is on the Marshmallow root.

So the first thing I learned is that it is spelled ‘marshmallow’ not ‘marshmellow’. I have apparently been saying it wrong my entire life and the world is Truman Showing me by just not telling me or, the people that wrote the dictionary just don’t like the English language. I think it is more the latter. It comes as a greyish powder of which I mix about half a teaspoon in a quarter cup of water. You end up with a little shot of a drink that has the same smell, taste and consistency as monsoon mud. I have one of those about half an hour before a meal.

It does not sounds pleasant but the after affects actually are. Because of the texture you can sort of feel it coating your insides for the food to come. It has helped me with my digestion and absorbing of foods. In the past couple of weeks I have definitely noticed a difference in how I feel directly after eating since I have started the drink. All they need to do now is make a sambuca flavoured one. Dr Samuel L Buca at your service. But I digress.

Ok so as a modern 25 year old guy who thinks he knows everything, I spend most of my life trawling wikipedia and dribbling on my keyboard because…well I just don’t get out much. So what does wikipedigod have to say about the marshmallow root. Well, not much actually. But there is a section on its health benefits which is always a good start. It has been used since the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians to help sooth and heal various things ranging from a sore throat to mild extinction (ok so I made that last one up).

Further research does show that it is also used for a range of inflammatory conditions (hello). It is great for stomach ulcers and skin wounds. The reason for this is that it can produce a protective membrane around sore areas preventing further infection and inflammation. Careful if you have diabetes though as it can affect blood sugar levels. In fact, if you have diabetes, if you see the word marshmallow just run. Unless you are stuck in NYC at the end of Ghostbusters 1. Then you are just doomed. I do always wonder how many people ate themselves into a diabetic mess at the end of that movie. The untold casualties must be at least in the thousands.

Wow I really didn’t write as much as I wanted to because I kept on going off on tangents but here is a brief overview. Marshmallow root is good. I didn’t mention before but it actually is a plant and it is predominantly the roots and the leaves of this plant that have the medicinal qualities. And why the deceiving name? Some things we were never meant to know. But I think it has something to do with the fact that ancient Egyptians used to use it as confectionery. I have no idea but comment and let me know.

So that was my first post attempting to be informative. They can’t all be deep right. I will be doing more research for my next product and will attempt to stay more on the topic. In the meantime let me leave you with the soothing sounds of one of the greats. Gil Scott-Heron take it away.

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