Cardamom

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) owes its healthfulness to the antioxidants in the volatile oils in its seeds, which boost immunity by fighting against reactive molecules called free radicals. An antispasmodic, cardamom can improve both digestion and respiration by controlling abnormal muscle contractions (which could cause cramps and wheezing, for instance). It also keeps inflammation in checkContinue reading “Cardamom”

Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)

The mature, dried fruit of belleric myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) controls contractions in the smooth muscles of the stomach, firms up stools, and protects the mucous layer of the stomach against corrosive acids by releasing more mucin, improving your digestive function on the whole. It also maintains blood glucose balance by helping store away glucose inContinue reading “Belleric Myrobalan (Bibhitaki)”

Bacopa (Brahmi)

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is your brain’s ally. It increases blood flow to the brain, keeping it well nourished with oxygen and nutrients. Together with the body’s innate antioxidants, it also fights nerve-damaging free radicals. Bacopa helps nerves branch out further and activates protein kinases. As a result, more nerves start communicating with each other. ItContinue reading “Bacopa (Brahmi)”

Ashwagandha

True to its adaptogenic status, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps you cope with stress, by reducing the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and then by preventing it from sitting on cell surfaces and triggering a stress response. It could make you feel more energetic too, thanks to the antioxidant withanolides that boost blood circulation asContinue reading “Ashwagandha”

Arjuna

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) stem bark is the friend your heart needs, with its tannins that relax blood vessels, flavonoids that balance the cholesterol levels, and glycosides that help regularize the contractions of the heart muscle. Plus, arjunolic acid helps control inflammation by striking a balance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory signaling chemicals. It is aided byContinue reading “Arjuna”

Andrographis (Bhunimba)

The “king of the bitters,” andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) contains diterpenoid lactones and flavonoids that assist your immune system in fighting invading microbes. The herb helps produce more white blood cells and antibodies. It also activates more macrophages which literally gobble up the invaders. At the same time, it checks the immune system from going overboardContinue reading “Andrographis (Bhunimba)”

Amla (Amalaki)

There’s more to amla (Phyllanthus emblica) than a rich reserve of vitamin C. It helps your body balance its blood glucose levels by blocking the breakdown of carbs and by releasing more insulin so that the extra glucose is removed from the blood. It maintains your cholesterol balance by preventing cholesterol synthesis in the body.Continue reading “Amla (Amalaki)”

23 Ayurvedic Herbs That Help You Go From Healthy To Healthier

Ayurveda is one of the most ancient and comprehensive systems of health care in the world. It focuses on leading a healthy life and realizing the full potential of the human mind and body. Ayurveda emphasizes the need to nourish the body with natural and whole foods. Apart from food, whole herbs are also advisedContinue reading “23 Ayurvedic Herbs That Help You Go From Healthy To Healthier”