Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), a type of grass with a strong aroma of lemon, is used in many cuisines. It has a calming effect on your brain since it has compounds that mimic GABA, a natural nerve-relaxing chemical. This is how lemongrass could also help you sleep better. It also helps your liver by increasing theContinue reading “Lemongrass”
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is an adaptogen. It helps your body cope with stress by reducing the cortisol levels and increasing the release of happiness hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Stress dampens immunity, but holy basil flavonoids counter by increasing the number of immune agents like natural killer cells, neutrophils, and T helper cells. ItContinue reading “Holy Basil”
The dried fruits of the coriander (Coriandrum sativum) herb are a digestive aid. They stimulate the release of fat-digesting bile acids and other digestive enzymes. Thanks to acetylcholine, a chemical also found in the body, coriander seeds increase peristalsis in the digestive tract to hasten the passage of food and reduce bloating or gas. CorianderContinue reading “Coriander Seeds”
Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is good news for your liver, which faces potential damage almost on a daily basis. It boosts the levels of glutathione in the liver, an antioxidant that protects the liver from free radical damage and hastens DNA repair, and activates a supporting antioxidant called superoxide dismutase. The herb also helps maintain steadyContinue reading “Bhumiamalaki”
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”
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.