Perilla (Perilla frutescens) is scientifically classified as Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Asterids Order: Lamiales Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Perilla.

Perilla (Perilla frutescens), commonly known as beefsteak plant, is native to the Himalayas and South-east Asia. It is part of the very large mint family, which has characteristic square stems. Beyond the leaf, it turns out the perilla seed has more benefit than many of the popular edible seeds on the market today. It is a popular Chinese remedy used as a sedative, for indigestion, and even for food poisoning treatment.

Health Benefits

Research has found that perilla is effective at fighting harmful organisms, especially in the mouth. Japan’s Asahi University School of Dentistry tested the action of perilla seed and found that it contains a compound, Luteolin, which may help reduce cavities and lessen the occurrence of some dental problems. Like many botanicals, perilla is a great source of antioxidants. Also known as nature’s answer to aging, antioxidants help lessen the systemic damage caused by free radicals. Japanese research suggests that perilla’s antioxidant action supports healthy circulation and has a positive effect on cholesterol. Perilla contains rosmarinic acid, which is known to resist redness and swelling. If you have allergies, you’ve liked experienced allergic rhinitis, an irritation of the airways. Perilla leaf extract has been reported to promote a healthy response when such irritations flare up.

Nutrient Facts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   155kj
Dietary fiber   7.3g
Carbohydrates   7.5g
Sugars   N/A
Fat   0.1g
Protein   3.9g
Calcium % 230mg
Copper 0%  0mg
Iron % 1.7mg
Magnesium 0% 70mg
Manganese 0% 2.01mg
Phosphorus 0% 70mg
Potassium 0% 500mg
Sodium 0%  1mg
Zinc 0%  1.3mg
Vitamin A IU % 0mg
Vitamin A equivalent 0% 880mg
Beta-Carotene 0% 0mg
B1 - Thiamine 0% 0.13mg
B2 - Riboflavin 0% 0.34mg
B3 - Niacin 0% 1mg
B5 - Pantothenic acid 0% 0mg
B6 - Vitamin 0% 0.19mg
B9 - Folate 0% 110mg
Vitamin C 0% 26mg
Vitamin E 0% 3.9mg
Vitamin K 0% 690mg
Choline 0% 0mg
Betaine   0mg
Other constituents    
Water   0
Fluoride   0

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