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”

Boerhavia (Punarnava)

Immunity is a tricky business, but Boerhavia diffusa can run it right. In the face of a threat, it boosts several types of immune cells like macrophages and antibodies and lowers cortisol which can dampen the immune response. But at other times, when a high-strung immunity does more harm than good, it puts a lidContinue reading “Boerhavia (Punarnava)”

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)”

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)”

Immunity: Balance vs. Imbalance

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and chemical ammunition that shields you from disease and keeps you healthy. When thrown off balance, this shield is no longer impenetrable and…you fall sick. In Balance You feel energetic You have a good digestion You don’t have brain fog or difficulty concentrating You haveContinue reading “Immunity: Balance vs. Imbalance”

Aloe Vera

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.