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”

Nutmeg

The warm, rich, and spicy flavor of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) can boost your appetite. But that’s not all. It also helps boost your mood by interacting with two nerve networks, the serotonergic and the dopaminergic system, and your memory by inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine. It reduces the bad LDL cholesterol and fights the reactiveContinue reading “Nutmeg”

Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is not just a healthy sweetener for your candies. Licorice flavonoids fight reactive molecules called free radicals from damaging nerve cells and inhibit inflammation. Besides deactivating cortisol, the stress hormone, licorice also increases the levels of happiness hormones like dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. Licorice is also good for your digestion. It helpsContinue reading “Licorice”

Jatamansi

Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) is a herb for your mind. It increases the levels of the nerve-calming chemical GABA and happiness hormones like dopamine and serotonin, in effect improving your mood and anxiety. Since it also prevents the quick breakdown of acetylcholine, a memory-consolidating chemical, it could improve learning and memory. By nudging your GABA levelsContinue reading “Jatamansi”

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)”

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)”

Cyperus (Musta)

Nutgrass or musta (Cyperus rotundus) is more than a stubborn weed. It supports digestion by helping protect the stomach lining from corrosive acids and enzymes and by fighting disease-causing E. coli bacteria. It also curbs inflammation by blocking certain chemicals that expand blood vessels, the travel route of the inflammatory molecules. It helps the liverContinue reading “Cyperus (Musta)”