Herbs for Healthy Living

Helianthus jerusalem artichoke

Also known as:

Jerusalem Artichoke


  • Weight control
  • Appetite control
  • Syndrome X (blood sugar imbalances)


Helianthus is native to North America and is a member of the sunflower family, sharing their ability to swivel around to follow the path of the sun.

What does it do?:

Helianthus slows down the rate at which sugars are broken down in the body. This means that your food will give you energy for a longer period of time, slowing down hunger pangs. Better metabolism of sugars also balances out swings in blood sugar levels, reducing sugar cravings that come when blood sugar levels drop. Helianthus contains plant sugars that feed friendly bacteria in the gut, and these bacteria break down undigested food particles. As Helianthus also contains water soluble plant fibres, it helps to bulk up waste matters traveling through the colon and thus improves bowel regularity.

Other information:

No restrictions on use are known.