Velvet Bean (Kapikacchu)

Velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) is a nerve tonic and immunity booster, thanks to a compound called levodopa which is a precursor for dopamine, a mood-lifting hormone. Velvet bean also reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases the happiness hormone serotonin. It also makes you feel energetic by driving the production of ATP, the body’s fuel,Continue reading “Velvet Bean (Kapikacchu)”

Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is gaining in popularity because of its multiple health benefits. It strengthens your immunity by attacking bacteria and increasing the production of an immune molecule called CAMP. But at the same time, it also controls the resulting inflammation by inhibiting the function of certain enzymes and signaling molecules. Turmeric curcuminoids fight freeContinue reading “Turmeric”

Shatavari

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) owes most of its benefits to a group of compounds called steroidal saponins and flavonoids. It’s most well known for helping balance hormone levels in women, possibly by protecting the ovaries against free radicals. That apart, it protects the stomach lining from corrosive stomach acids and helps increase absorption of nutrients inContinue reading “Shatavari”

Indian Tinospora (Guduchi)

Indian tinospora (Tinospora cordifolia) is an immunity booster. Polysachharides in it activate immune agents like macrophages and help release signaling molecules like cytokines. The herb could also tone down allergic reactions by putting a lid on the production of histamine. By stimulating insulin production and slowing down carbohydrate digestion, it helps maintain steady blood glucoseContinue reading “Indian Tinospora (Guduchi)”

Indian Kudzu (Vidari)

Indian kudzu (Pueraria tuberosa) is a tuber with benefits for your brain, mood, and immune system. Puerarin and daidzein in it protect nerve cells in certain parts of the brain from damage, while flavonoids help produce a relaxing and calming effect by engaging GABA A receptors. The herb also enhances the efficiency of immune agentsContinue reading “Indian Kudzu (Vidari)”

Holy Basil

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”

Ginger

Ginger (Zingibar officinale) is a crowd-pleaser not only for its characteristic spicy flavor but also the many favors it does the body. It’s known to quell morning sickness and ease motion sickness to some extent. It’s also had as a digestive aid since it increases peristalsis and expels gas. True to its fame as anContinue reading “Ginger”

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero or siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) was once used by Soviet soldiers to boost energy, possibly because of the herb’s ability to prevent lactic acid build-up. It also helps counter the side effects of stress, like dampened immunity or damaged cells. It nudges your body to produce more immune agents like natural killer cells andContinue reading “Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)”

Cloves

Warm, sweet, and spicy, cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) are the dried flower bud of the clove tree. Of the many essential oils cloves contain, eugenol is the most important. It helps produce more mucus in the stomach to protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids. Cloves enhance immunity against threats circulating in the blood but alsoContinue reading “Cloves”