Bay leaf (Laurus nobilis) has featured in traditional cuisines the world over probably because of its digestive benefits. It slows down the passage of food in the small intestine so that more nutrients can be absorbed. It also helps the intestinal walls secrete less fluid so that you don’t lose too much water through stool.Continue reading “Bay Leaf”
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)”
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 (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”
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)”
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)”
A low-maintenance succulent, aloe vera offers benefits beyond youthful skin. It helps balance your cholesterol levels by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis in the liver and protecting the liver from free radical damage. It also helps your body modulate its immune response, on the one hand helping produce more antibodies to fight invading microbes, and on the other, pulling the brakes on inflammation, a side effect of the immune response. Among other aloe compounds, acemannan is the most versatile.